National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence Commences National Study to Determine Background Screening Best Practices Nationwide

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The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, a recognized leader in occupational violence prevention, today announced the release of a survey to over 3000 employers nationwide with the ultimate goal of identifying best practices in background screening in the US. The survey, targeted at employers nationwide, was sent out in early January to Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) members, Employment Management Association members and members of ASIS International (American Society of Industrial Security). The Institute hopes to have definitive results by mid-July regarding those background screening practices most used by US employers and which may suggest the best practices in the industry.

The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, a recognized leader in occupational violence prevention, today announced the release of a survey to over 3000 employers nationwide with the ultimate goal of identifying best practices in background screening in the US.

The survey, targeted at employers nationwide, was sent out in early January to Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) members, Employment Management Association members and members of ASIS International (American Society of Industrial Security). The Institute hopes to have definitive results by mid-July regarding those background screening practices most used by US employers and which may suggest the best practices in the industry.

Each year, almost one million American workers become victims of violent crime at an annual cost to US companies of over 35 billion dollars. Employers face a critical need to know who they are hiring and who is on their payroll. As a result, the background screening industry has seen strong growth in recent years; “background checking has grown tremendously over the last 10 years and yet there has been no comprehensive survey done to identify what employer practices are with the ultimate goal of identifying best practices,” commented W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, President, National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence. “We are long overdue for a national study on this issue; the results should be of great benefit to the industry and employers in general,” Nixon added.

The survey is a comprehensive study with 33 questions covering all aspects of background checking practices from asking employers what kind of background checks they conduct, establishing how satisfied employers are with external background checking firms to establishing the degree of employee training in this field.

Any employer who wishes to take part in the survey can simply click on http://www.surveyshare.com/survey/take/?sid=13502. A preview of the survey can be viewed at http://www.surveyshare.com/survey/preview.php?sid=13502.

About the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc:

As a recognized leader in occupational violence prevention, the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence serves as a center for research, consulting, training, publications and software. The Institute believes that the target of an effective workplace violence program is injury prevention. Its focus is on reducing “at risk” behaviors and practices. Accordingly, the Institute helps organizations attack and remove the root causes that lead to violence and helps them learn how to intervene before incidents happen.

Using the NIX Model for Preventing Workplace Violence TM, a comprehensive approach to preventing occupational violence, the Institute carefully crafts a plan to help its clients put in place the tools, processes and procedures necessary to build a safe and secure workplace.

Mr. Nixon is the Workplace Violence consultant for the State of California and provides consulting and training for managers and employees. A partial client list includes Gillette, Canon, Blue Shield Foundation, Macy’s, State of California, National Transportation Institute and District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority.

Complete details and a full review of Workplace Violence issues can be found at http://www.workplaceviolence911.com or by calling W. Barry Nixon at 949-770-5264 or emailing wbnixon@aol.com.

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