The Seven Deadly Sins of 2014

December 5, 2014

The year 2014 was nothing if not eventful. As a company that provides our clients with people screening services, including background and criminal record checks, all aimed at protecting the integrity of their organisations, we were not all surprised by some of this year’s most deplorable revelations.

 

  Whitewash on the blacklist

The first shocker came in April this year with changes to the National Credit Act, which would see the removal of adverse consumer credit information. At iFacts we felt this created a significant risk to companies who would no longer be able to identify a trend of reckless or unscrupulous credit behaviour.

 

 Economic fraud and corruption

Hot on its heels was the release of the PricewaterhouseCoopers annual Global Economic Crime Survey, which showed that SA was outperforming the rest of the globe on the fraud and corruption front. Here at iFacts we felt it was high-time for a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption. Given that government won’t be setting an example anytime soon, perhaps the private sector should start leading the way.

 

 A bureaucratic nightmare

Another poorly thought-out and blanket-approach clampdown on foreign nationals working in South Africa, spelt potential disaster for companies employing these individuals. That’s to say nothing of individuals who are affected personally, particularly when it comes to foreign nationals that are the spouses of South Africa citizens.

 

A Tweet in a suit and tie

In May we took a lighter approach to the dark side of Social Media by looking at why it’s important for company brands to ensure that employees are representing them in the best possible way while they engage on social media platforms. Just like wisecracking, bad-mannered or indifferent frontline staff can turn a client away from your brand, so can an ill-informed or unethical employee’s use of internal social media content at your company.

 

Counterfeit credentials

Just as the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service and iFacts commented on how lying about your qualifications is fraud – South Africa saw a deluge of individuals in high-ranking positions around the country be exposed for CV lies. Perhaps most shocking of all was the news of ANC stalwart, Pallo Jordan’s non-existent doctorate. Since then the names just keep coming: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Ellen Tshabalala, Nico Bezhuidenhout – and on it will go.

 

 Lessons from the NPA

The emergence of some dark secrets and the ongoing political controversy surrounding the NPA once again highlighted the need for conducting criminal background checks before appointing individuals to any position of power.

 

From time-wasters to money-makers

This year we also had a closer look at how South African employees are spending their time at work. In Salary.com’s 2014 Wasting Time at Work Survey it was reported that somewhere between Facebook and smoke breaks and office gossip  – 89% of employees admitted to wasting time at work between moments of lack-lustre performance.

 

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