The Relationship Between Fraud, Corruption and Recruitment.
"Why is it that there are so many thousands of people who are in jobs they simple hate and why are they there when in reality they simple are misfits? One of the most important factors of note are that thousands of corporations or organisations are riddled with inefficient, thieving and corrupt elements within their own domain. Why? ....... How did they get there in the first place?" Dr. Neil Whitehouse. Ph.D
The recruiters of staff and the recruitment industry as a whole should start taking on accountability and responsibilities for their ineffective methodologies. The real problems are that they do not have a realistic answer and are facing a credibility crises with many unanswered questions?
Despite the evidence many Recruitment agencies seem to remain both arrogant and ignorant of the essential criteria necessary when recruiting employees and if one tries to point out the errors in their recruitment processes they become aggressive and refuse to look outside the box, as they think they know it all.
By turning a blind eye, refusing to listen or move with the times where knowledge and technology has increased dramatically over the past 5 years. For the past 50 years there has been little change in the recruitment discipline or approach, and the majority of recruitment agencies continue doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Einstein states: "doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is Insanity!"
Let us look at the appauling results, where only one of many thousands of statistics will be used as an example;
“Consider these statistical facts: every year, employee theft, bribery and fraud in the workplace are estimated at over $600 billion US dollars. That figure is dramatically higher than the combined financial cost of robbery, burglary, larceny and automobile theft (totalling over $16 billion in 2011); it is much more than what all the career criminals in the United States could steal in their lifetimes; and it’s also almost twice the market capitalization of General Electric globally”.
$600 billion is lost in the workplace by; bribery, theft and fraud. Yikes! It is scary, but very true! That’s a whole lot of dollars to loose! The truth of the matter is that the problem is growing daily; it is like a runaway fire at present. The real question we all should be asking is; what are we doing about it - or planning to do? What are we doing about understanding the employees passions and inspirations?
We all are attempting to achieve greater efficiencies and effectiveness from our employees in the work place; notwithstanding the fact that top management needs to consider the seriousness of not being able to create a high level of efficiency and at the same time create an acceptable satisfaction level for their staff. This can be done by understanding the criteria that motivates their employees and thereby they would save billions of dollars in unnecessary and preventable expenditure through staff turnaround, inefficiencies, absenteeism, training and effectiveness of their employees, which is totally dependent on understanding the characteristics or criteria necessary to create a working culture where harmony and satisfaction are the binding forces.
It is not about previous history of employment, experience and credit checks and references. That is not good enough reasons for selecting employees as part of your working family! Is it?
Where does the buck stop? It should stop at the recruitment agency's or human resources door, where the recruiter must identify the characteristics of each unique employee, by getting the employer to define the characteristics or the criteria they require from within any employee and matching them with the recruit's personal value characteristics.
It does not mean that an individual that was successful in one working environment, would be successful in another working environment despite the fact that the work skills or types are exactly the same.
14 million arrests are recorded every year in the USA - which are one of the industrial countries that have the highest white collar crime rate in the world. Since there are only 20.2% of those arrested that can be classified as robbery or theft cases, where only those who were reported, arrested and convicted are accounted for. Logically then, a background screen never catches up with any of those committing crimes and how can we explain away the other 79.8% that were not caught or arrested?
Each state in the US carries its own database, so criminals can freely move around from state to state being undetected as criminals. This is clearly proven through historical facts! The same scenarios applies throughout the world, some to a greater or lesser degree of course.
"The problem is that fraud and corruption have become soft target crime as recruiters and management are finding that it is almost impossible to detect and therefore the "Executive" domain, has become more and more populated with criminal elements who have infiltrated organizations having the characteristics of being some of the most corrupt fraudsters in the world.
The tragedy being is that they are seldom apprehended untill it becomes too late, leading to millions of innocent victim's lives being destroyed and in the mean time they enjoy the fruits of their devious and deceptive crimes. If a dog bites the very hand that feeds him he would be shot. These criminal activities are further causing unemployment and closures of many potentially lucrative businesses. This may seem to be a crazy scenario, but read the news papers and just investigate the hard facts and statistics for yourselves, where you will find the absolute scary truth" - Dr Neil Whitehouse Ph.D
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