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Newly Released Background Screening Report Cites Dramatic Shifts in HR Priorities While High Provider Satisfaction Drops Nearly 10%

Press Release from Global HR Research

Ft. Myers, FL – March 13, 2020 – Global HR Research, the home of Clairiti and --a leading provider of award-winning background screening technology, data, and business analytics announces the release of a critical industry research study curated and managed by HRO Today, a trusted leader in examining the HR industry’s overall satisfaction with background screening services.

The newly released research revealed dramatic shifts in HR’s service and technological support needs, which appear to be driven by recent legislative changes in illegal drug laws, a hot economy and global proliferation of the internet with all of its vulnerabilities. From a service perspective the survey showed a striking swap in rankings between I9 Verifications (a 2nd rank priority in 2017) with Drug Testing.   The tight labor market most likely contributed to an expanded definition of speed and responsiveness which now includes real-time screening updates when logging into a provider’s system as the most critical functional capability, in conjunction with increased pressure for quicker turn-around times in services (92% of respondents expect results in less than 4 days), displacing compliance standards which dropped to a surprising 5th place ranking. Finally, over 70% of respondents indicated Data Protection & Security with PII was nearly as important as the real-time updates, a stark reminder of how the protection of customer/applicant level data is not only an HR priority, but it’s a companywide priority.   

When asked about these results Global HR Research CEO Brandon Phillips explained, “These findings support our technology development and operating decisions from over a year ago which anticipated a heated competitive environment - driving downward pressure on background screening providers to architect a platform that could be more responsive, with an increased level of customer support to ensure priority alignment with our customers.”

Surprisingly, these responses are in stark contrast to respondents expressed mediocre satisfaction with   the quality of services they’re currently receiving from their background screening providers. Only one-quarter (25%) rated their overall screener satisfaction as excellent which was nearly a drop of 10% over 2017. The upside is that the pre-employment screening industry has an opportunity to improve perceptions by consistently delivering accurate and complete results on a tight turn-around while providing real-time updates along the way.

Phillips’ reaction to the change, “I’m incredibly proud to share Global HR Research far surpasses the industry standard with an average customer ranking of 4.61 out of 5 stars for overall service quality compared to 3.9 for the industry as a whole. It proves our commitment to our customers and their candidates and demonstrates a Customer Obsession that our clients expect from GHRR,” shared Phillips.

The full report is now available for immediate download.

About Global HR Research

Founded in 2005, Global HR Research (GHRR) is the home of Clairiti screening technology, featuring advanced screening technology, data, and business analytics to deliver better background screening programs to thousands of customers and their candidates. GHRR serves a wide range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. GHRR has been recognized for the past decade in HRO Today Magazine’s “Bakers Dozen” List of top national background screening providers and by Workforce Magazine’s “Hot List” of top background screening providers seven times. GHRR is also accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) and recognized by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). You can learn more about the company at ghrr.com.

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