Peopletrail Annual Employment and Background Screening Benchmark Report Reveals Regulatory Challenges and Candidate Experience Are Top Priorities For Organizations

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Peopletrail – a leading background check and screening solution provider – presents its Annual Employment and Background Screening Benchmark Survey Report providing human resource (HR) professionals with insights on key issues, best practices and underlying business drivers affecting background and drug screening programs. The report reveals that hiring top talent, improving the candidate experience and remaining compliant with regulatory guidelines are key HR goals for companies of all sizes.

Peopletrail Employment and Background Screening Benchmark Report

Peopletrail's Benchmark Report illustrates an optimistic outlook for the growth of many companies and the importance of hiring quality talent. With 85% reporting that employee background screening uncovered issues that would not have been found otherwise.

As competition for top talent increases, improving the candidate experience remains a top priority for medium to large organizations, according to the Peopletrail Annual Employment and Background Screening Benchmark Report. Released today the report depicts an optimistic outlook for companies of all sizes with a majority of respondents (78%) indicating their organizations’ workforce would grow in the coming year. The report also highlights how employee background screening continues to drive quality of hires. With 85% of respondents indicating that employee background screening uncovered issues that would not have been found otherwise.

“The Peopletrail Benchmark Report illustrates an optimistic outlook for the growth of many companies in the coming year and the importance of hiring quality talent. Peopletrail is committed to being an educating partner for all our clients. Helping our clients remain compliant and providing them with current policy and procedures helps them implement and achieve success with their talent management programs. The Peopletrail Benchmark Report is a helpful tool providing insightful data to our clients to make better informed decisions,” stated Wally Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail.

Some key insights of the report address how:

  • Social media screening is prevalent despite compliance risks: 27% of respondents indicated they used social media when screening candidates. While 82% of these respondents indicated using the business networking channel of LinkedIn in the social media screening, 73% mentioned using Facebook in their screening efforts, which could lead to potentially discriminatory information being revealed.
  • Improving the candidate experience is top priority for medium to large organizations: 64% of organizations with more than 500 employees reported that the candidate experience is top priority to securing quality hires, while smaller organizations remain focused on improving policies and procedures around employee screening (68%).
  • Employee background screening continues to drive quality hires: 85% of respondents indicated that employee background screening uncovered issues that would not have been found otherwise, with 67% reporting that employee background screening is the most important security control used to protect their organization and 93% indicating that screening led to a better quality of hire.
  • Meeting regulatory challenges, getting accurate information and reducing time-to-hire are the top background screening challenges faced by most organizations: Contrary to other industry reports, the top three background screening challenges reported by respondents were meeting regulatory challenges (22%), getting accurate screening information (17%), and reducing time-to-hire (17%). The ongoing demands of meeting regulatory challenges is further supported by the 46% of respondents who indicated revising their criminal screening policies within the last year.

The report clearly indicates how important background screening is to hiring quality talent. Peopletrail recently launched a national awareness campaign to help companies understand how “Not all background checks are the same.” The campaign’s goal is to increase security for businesses and improve public safety, and incorporates a series of awareness ads targeted to human resource professionals and hiring managers. The new Peopletrail Benchmark Report along with a series of Webinars and public speaking engagements from Peopletrail are building upon this campaign and are providing the industry and key decision makers with best practices information and insights to better manage their organization’s human capital programs.

To download your personal copy of the Peopletrail Annual Employment and Background Screening Benchmark Survey Report visit the Compliance Resource center at peopeltrail.com. To learn more about why “Not all background checks are the same” view the video at Peopletrail.com

Customers can learn more about Peopletrail and schedule a complimentary consultation by visiting the company’s web site at Peopletrail.com or by calling the company directly at 866.223.6623

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is a leading provider of custom employment, tenant and drug screening solutions, criminal background checks, ATS integrations, and corporate security services.

As part of the accredited elite, only Peopletrail combines superior customer service through dedicated Account Managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results. Trusted and respected by government agencies and Fortune 500 to small up-and-coming businesses, Peopletrail provides actionable insight you trust.

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