There’s nothing worse than hiring a company and receiving bad service. As you might be looking to add Polygraph Testing to your human resource management portfolio, we have put together a list of some of the most common pitfalls when hiring a polygraph company.
#1. Forcing People to Take Tests
Although in South Africa there is no law which governs the use of polygraph tests, you still can’t force someone to take a test. The only way in which you can get someone to take a test is by getting written consent from them and they have a proper understanding of the process involved with the tests.
As there are many tests which can be conducted, you should ensure you’re requesting the correct test. Don’t waste your time to get someone to take a test to only find out afterwards its incorrect.
#2. The Possibility of Losing Good Staff
If you don’t pre-empt your employees that you’ll be using polygraph tests, it can result in the loss of some of your best employees. Some employees might feel they’re loyal to the brand and the company, which, in their minds, result in them not needing to take a polygraph test.
Just because a person leaves a company doesn’t mean they’re guilty of a crime. People want to have faith in their employers. If they feel pressured into taking a polygraph test, and don’t understand the motivation behind it, it can easily end up backfiring. This can result in you losing great employees.
#3 The Ability to Remain Consistent
What goes for one division of the company, should go for the entire company. Some companies make use of polygraph testing to check if they can trust employees who are in line for a promotion to a senior position with sensitive company information. This idea needs to be instilled to the broader company and should be communicated to employees.
#4 Getting a Bad Reputation
Should you go against the above mentioned points, you run the risk of forming a bad reputation for your company. This results in people no longer wanting to work for you and might deter others from applying to work at your establishment.
Ensure your lines of communication are open, from the top all the way down to the most bottom level of the company. That way, all employees should know and be aware of what is expected of them.
To remedy this, you should remain sensitive and professional. As some people might feel uncomfortable at the fact that they were never informed they needed to take polygraph test, you need to ensure you communicate any HR additions within a timely manner to employees.
These are just some of the most common pitfalls when it comes to hiring a polygraph test. As you still need to protect the interests of the employee and employer, be sure to conduct sufficient research and tests before committing to one company.
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