We recently caught up on the Netflix hit show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, based on the bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and once we finished organizing our houses (and offices, cars, and coworkers’ offices), we got to thinking about other ways the KonMari method can be applied. If decluttering our homes feels so good, why not turn to decluttering other parts of our lives? Why not try tidying up your background screening program?
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
Background screening programs can be messy, especially if your company has merged or gone through an acquisition and is now balancing multiple programs. Make sure that everyone is on board with the streamlining process. Talk with your team to see what’s not working and how to best make everyone else see the need for change.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Create a plan that outlines what your company’s goals are. Having one vendor who handles your needs can do a lot towards cutting costs and time. By choosing a company that works in a collaborative manner and creates clear lines of communication, you can work towards those goals and needs together.
- Finish discarding first.
It may be impossible for you to cut vendors without a backup in place, so know which ones you would like to consolidate before you start looking for a replacement.
- Organize by category, not by location.
Make sure all locations are following the same processes and using the same consolidated vendors. Like how Kondo uses boxes to give items “a home,” this helps ensure everyone is in compliance with the law and your specific program requirements.
- Follow the right order.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Taking shortcuts in background checks can have costly consequences.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
Sounds weird, right? But trust us, once your screening program is optimized and running smoothly, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. When your cluttered program is causing frustration, joy is far from your mind. But remember to thank everyone involved in the process, as mindfulness brings positivity to your program.
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