For many businesses, their break-even point comes during the festive season. It’s the one season of the year where they make the most of their sales. Unfortunately, it’s also the one season where they are most exposed to threats of criminality. Sadly, these threats aren’t only external, but oftentimes internal too.
It’s sad many businesses need to protect themselves from their own workforce, but rather than walking around with your head in the sand while bemoaning it, you can be proactive about building a dependable and strong team to see you through this festive season. One way of doing this is by making use of polygraph tests, where it’s called for.
What Is The Process Of Requesting Employees To Take A Polygraph Test
Getting employees to take a lie detector test is not as easy as you might think. As you can’t only use the results of a polygraph test to base your decision off, you need to make sure you are positive the employee in question was involved in the incident. If you suspect there could be theft or employees are involved in illegal activity, you can request for them to take a polygraph test. For any scenario, you need to get written consent from the employee before the test may commence. This could also be written in to their Employment Contract.
The questions being asked during the polygraph test need to be discussed with the employee to check they fully understand what is being asked of them. All confusion around the questions needs to be ironed out to ensure you can maximise the polygraph section.
The Duration Of The Polygraph Test
The entire examination can last up to two hours but the person taking the test is only connected to the polygraph machine for around 20 minutes. There are some exceptions to this relating to criminal proceedings. Most of your time is spent talking the employee through the instruments used during the test and all the paperwork associated with the test.
How To Protect Your Business Over The Festive Season
All employees should be informed of any random checks being conducted, although the exact date does not need to be confirmed, they should be informed will be happening. The festive season is not an easy time of the year for most people and this is why you need to make sure you have all eyes on deck to minimise the chance of theft.
Management should ensure they’re more active and present within their businesses so there are no wandering hands and they’re actively involved in the day to day operations of the business. Don’t allow your business to become another crime statistic.