November and December are two months that many businesses want to bring in extra help. It’s not just the big boys like Amazon and the Royal Mail that need to increase temporary workers to sort and deliver parcels, independent shops may also need extra cashiers or security personnel, while SMEs require help in an ever widening range of areas.

There is no doubt that hiring seasonal workers yields many benefits, however it is also important to be aware of the risks it brings. One thing is certain, seasonal workers don’t possess the same level of loyalty as your permanent staff, thus leaving you and your company vulnerable to theft, fraud, and data security breaches. Thankfully, there are some steps which we can help you with to reduce your risks.

What can you do?

1. Background Check – let Blackhawk Intelligence help you carry out background checks. Depending on the type of seasonal workers you hire, it may be a standard DBS check, or an enhanced version. DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. We always advise our clients not to let any seasonal workers get on to your company network before a background check is completed.

2. Identify Loopholes – our team of specialists can also help you do an audit to identify any weak spots that pose a threat to your cybersecurity or represent opportunities for fraud.

3. Disabling Copy and USB Ports – if the temporary workers need to access sensitive data like payment details, then it is essential to make sure the files can’t be copied and to disable all USB ports on the computer they use. On top of that, you may want to encrypt the data separately.

4. Profiling – you may also want to profile the seasonal workers by giving them a series of tests on personality, integrity and cognitive ability. One good tool is the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance) personality test which can help you single out conscientious temporary workers easily.

Although the festive period is when you feel warm and generous, don’t let your guard down and let fraudsters slip in to your organisation undetected. Talk to Blackhawk today and discuss what we can do to help you reduce the risks associated with hiring seasonal workers.

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4 Ways to Reduce the Risks of Hiring Seasonal Workers

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November and December are two months that many businesses want to bring in extra help. It’s not just the big boys like Amazon and the Royal Mail that need to increase temporary workers to sort and deliver parcels, independent shops may also need extra cashiers or security personnel, while SMEs require help in an ever widening range of areas.

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