Be careful when hiring new employees

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Your hiring process has become a lot more complicated, thanks to animal-welfare activists. Not only do you need to bring in the right person for your team, you need to make sure that individual is not bringing an agenda with him to the workplace.

In most cases, where undercover videos were taken, employers realized after the fact who the former undercover employee had been. They also recognized, after the fact, many behaviors or actions demonstrated by the undercover employee that allowed them to have access to the animals and to produce videos of animal mistreatment, whether real or staged.

According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, some of the behaviors included:

  • Befriending or mingling with upper management and asking questions about operations, including security matters or time schedules.
  • Volunteering for jobs before or after normal business hours.
  • Volunteering for jobs that are less desirable, but would provide them access to the animals, often before or after normal business hours.
  • Seeking employment in jobs below their skill or education level, or demonstrating previous jobs or experiences out of character for the job they were seeking.
  • Seeking employment with no pay, so they can learn more about the business before committing to that field — either with regard to their education or possibly before starting their own business.
  • Using an out-of-state driver’s license.

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