Global Employee Screening: 3 Critical Steps

Global Employee Screening 3 Critical Steps

Developing an effective international screening program is vital for ensuring consistent and thorough background checks across all regions where your organization operates. In a recent webinar, Harm Voogt, Managing Director of Validata, shared his extensive expertise on this topic, highlighting the three crucial steps for success: setting standards and checks, navigating legal complexities, and managing the implementation process.

Validata, now part of DISA Global Solutions, operates in Sweden and the Netherlands and has a proven track record of serving multinational clients. Join us as we discuss these critical steps to help your organization navigate the complexities of international employment screening and enhance your global hiring practices.

The Three Critical Steps

Step 1: Establishing Standards and Checks - It’s important to have a standardized and consistent policy across the company. Screening similar roles in a uniform manner, regardless of the country, ensures fairness and control. This consistency is crucial, especially for international candidates moving between locations due to the need to be mindful of cultural differences and language barriers, as employment screening is still a developing field in many countries. Additionally, consider the availability and reliability of data, as this can vary significantly by region. Turnaround times (TAT) for checks like criminal records or work experience can also differ, sometimes taking up to 10 or 15 working days, which is essential to factor into your onboarding process.

Step 2: Navigating Legal Complexities - The legal landscape for employment screening varies significantly across countries. It is important to understand and comply with different legal requirements, such as the GDPR in Europe. You will likely run into challenges of cross-border data processing and the necessity of involving local stakeholders, such as workers' councils in countries like Germany. Additionally, ensuring security in the handling and processing of data is critical. Using secure networks and working with trusted partners who have appropriate certifications in place will help protect your business and the personal data of candidates.

Step 3: Implementation -  Implementation is where the real work begins. Effective communication with stakeholders is vital to gain their support. Integrating the screening process with existing HR systems is important to streamline operations and improve efficiency. Setting realistic timelines and prioritizing regions based on readiness and development levels is crucial for a phased rollout. Regularly reviewing and analyzing overall results will help in refining the process and ensuring it meets the desired standards across all regions.

Addressing Common Concerns

  • Main Concerns in Implementing a Global Screening Program: Ensuring accurate data collection and maintaining control during implementation were highlighted as primary concerns.
  • Risks of Not Adopting a Consistent Screening Program: Without a uniform approach, companies risk hiring individuals who may not meet the company's standards, leading to inconsistencies and potential security issues.
  • Challenges in the Screening Process: In some countries, background check turnaround times can be lengthy, and digitization is still catching up.
  • Reliance on Hiring Agencies: While hiring agencies can assist, they do not specialize in background checks, which can lead to inconsistencies.
  • Incomplete Information for International Background Checks: Missing critical information can hinder the screening process, but candidates usually provide the necessary details to expedite their hiring process.

How DISA Can Help

Establishing an effective international screening program requires careful attention to standardizing policies, navigating diverse legal landscapes, and overcoming implementation challenges. By addressing these aspects diligently, organizations can enhance their ability to hire confidently across borders while ensuring compliance and mitigating risks. Embracing these practices fosters transparency and accountability in workforce management, ultimately strengthening organizational integrity.

DISA Global Solutions stands ready to support your organization with comprehensive solutions for international screening needs. With extensive global coverage and a network of trusted partners worldwide, DISA ensures reliable and compliant background checks across diverse regions. Their expertise in navigating complex legal requirements, including GDPR and other international regulations, coupled with secure and efficient technology solutions, guarantees a streamlined screening process. DISA offers tailored programs to fit your organization's specific requirements, whether centralized or decentralized, ensuring consistency and reliability in your global hiring strategy.

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About DISA

Founded in 1986, DISA is the industry-leading provider of employee screening and compliance services. Headquartered in Houston, with more than 35 offices throughout North America and Europe, DISA’s comprehensive scope of services includes drug and alcohol testing, background screening, occupational health, and transportation compliance. DISA assists employers in making informed staffing decisions while building a culture of safety in their workplace.

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