The Impact of Employee Background Checks on Employee Retention

Press Release from TruDiligence, LLC.

Did you know that 38% of employees will leave their job in the first year of hiring? That’s more than one-third of people you have brought in! Employee background checks can help.

The job of HR personnel is a tough one. They spend countless hours scouring resumes, conducting interviews, and agonizing over who to bring onto your team. And when they think they have finally met the perfect candidate, they’re gone before the company even has the chance to recoup the onboarding cost!

As you probably know, this “revolving door” effect can be incredibly costly and disruptive to your business. So, what can you do to build a team that sticks around?

One crucial factor in employee retention is making quality hires in the first place. This is where employee background checks come in. While it might seem like an extra hurdle, background checks can actually be a powerful tool for building a strong and stable team.

Let’s find out how background screening can positively impact your employee retention rates.


Think about your ideal employee. Someone reliable, competent, and whose skills and experience align perfectly with the role. Background checks help you get closer to this ideal by providing a deeper understanding of your candidates’ past. Here’s how:

Verification of Information

Background checks go beyond just taking a candidate’s word for it. Here are some key elements confirmed through applicant screening services:

  • Education: Did the candidate graduate from the institutions they listed on their resume and with the degrees they claim?
  • Employment History: Were they employed at the companies they mentioned and for the duration they stated? This verification can also uncover any gaps in employment that might require explanation.
  • Professional Licenses: Does the candidate possess the necessary professional licenses required for the role? This is especially important for positions where specific licenses are mandatory.
  • Military Service (if applicable): If a candidate included military service in their background, background checks can confirm details like branch, rank, and dates of service.

Identifying Red Flags: Potential Warning Signs

Employee background checks can be a powerful tool for uncovering potential red flags that might raise concerns about a candidate’s suitability for the role and hint at future issues:

  • Criminal Records: Depending on the severity of the crime and the specific role being filled, a criminal record can be a cause for concern.
  • Discrepancies in Employment History: Unexplained gaps in employment or inconsistencies in job titles and dates can raise questions about a candidate’s honesty and reliability.
  • Unresolved Civil Judgments: Outstanding debts or legal issues can indicate financial irresponsibility or a pattern of poor decision-making.
  • Falsified Information: If a background check reveals discrepancies between the information provided by the candidate and the verified details, it raises serious questions about their trustworthiness.
  • Excessive Job Hopping: Frequent job changes within a short period could indicate a lack of commitment or difficulty fitting into a work environment.

It’s important to note that not all red flags are automatic disqualifiers. Employers should consider the severity and relevance of the red flag to the specific position when making a hiring decision.

With a thorough background check, you can make informed hiring decisions with greater confidence. Knowing you’ve done your due diligence can alleviate anxieties and allow you to focus on building a positive onboarding experience for the right candidate.


Employee retention isn’t just about finding the right person; it’s about creating an environment where they feel valued and supported. Believe it or not, background screening can play a role in this too:

Spotting Cultural Fits

While resumes showcase skills, traditional applicant background checks can offer insights beyond qualifications. Reference checks reveal work style and teamwork, while verifications ensure a candidate’s background aligns.

This deeper look helps identify cultural fits who benefit your company and their career.

Improved Employee Screening Experience

The candidate’s journey through the screening process has a big impact on their decision to stay with a company.

HR can help by offering support, a user-friendly online portal, and mobile compatibility. Clear communication on turnaround times and background check status keeps candidates informed and engaged.

This builds trust, leading to a positive start and higher retention.

Reduced Onboarding Risks

Identifying potential issues upfront through background checks can minimize disruptions during onboarding. Imagine the chaos if a candidate’s undisclosed criminal record surfaces after they’ve already begun working.

By avoiding these surprises, you can ensure a smoother onboarding process and a more positive first impression for your new employee.

A Safe and Welcoming Workplace

It’s important for people to feel welcomed and safe at work. Conducting thorough criminal background checks shows that a company cares about workplace safety. It helps reassure employees that their colleagues have been properly checked.

A good background screening service including criminal searches across county, state, and even federal levels, shows a company’s commitment to workplace safety. Social Security traces and optional social media checks add another layer, uncovering potential red flags and ensuring a secure environment for everyone.


Sure, employee background checks might feel like an extra task to squeeze into your busy hiring process. But here’s the thing: they pay off in a big way:

Building Trust and Transparency

A well-communicated background screening process shows you are committed to a safe and secure work environment. This transparency builds trust with new hires and sets a positive tone for the long term.

Focus on Long-Term Investment

When you invest time and resources into finding the right person through background checks, it sends a message that you value your employees as long-term assets. This can contribute to a more positive company culture and a stronger sense of commitment from your team.

By helping you find the perfect fit for your team, background checks set the stage for happy and loyal employees who stick around for the long haul. This means a more stable and productive team, less money spent on hiring new people all the time, and a stronger business overall.

It’s a win-win!


At TruDiligence, we understand the importance of building a strong team. We are a PBSA-accredited background company that offer comprehensive pre-employment screening services designed to help you make informed hiring decisions with confidence. Our services are FCRA-compliant and conducted by PBSA-certified professionals, ensuring accuracy, efficiency, and peace of mind.

Ready to experience the positive impact of effective background screening on your employee retention?

Contact TruDiligence today and let us help you build a team that thrives!

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