MANAGING EMPLOYEE DISHONESTY IN NIGERIAN ORGANIZATIONS: THE ROLE
OF BACKGROUND CHECKS: A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW

DR. PATER A. OTI 1
DR KECHI KANKPANG 2
1 & 2 DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING,
UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR, CALABAR
NIGERIA

ABSTRACT
This study examined in perspective usefulness of background checks as a strategy in the minimization of employee dishonesty especially before such individuals are recruited into the workforce of the organisations.
The study adopted a conceptual review of literature in the identification and challenges of background checks in the management of staff dishonesty. It was found from the study that checks help employers recruit the right individuals and avoid the occurrence of dishonest behaviours by workers. Although there are several strategies to be adopted in conducting a potential employee background check, it is clear that due diligence is extremely important and must be exercised. Hiring without due diligence can be very expensive for organisations and as such top managers must ensure that they take the appropriate steps to ensure that employee recruited into their workforce are not only law-abiding, but also have a strong sense of integrity. Although unproven scientifically and generally considered to be highly contentious with respect to validity, graphology (or handwriting analysis) is used by some
companies. This technique is presumed to reveal an individual’s personality in his handwriting. Some
personality traits are predictive of success on the job in addition to measuring only honesty or integrity.
Key Words
: Background check, employee Dishonesty, integrity

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