Many HR Execs Support Profiling As an Airport Security Strategy
A new survey indicates that an overwhelming majority of human resources executives may favor the judicious use of profiling when it comes to airport security. The survey was conducted by BackTrack, an employment screening firm based in Mentor, Ohio. BackTrack CEO Robert Gandee says that of the 546 survey respondents, most said they would support the use of profiling for security purposes in airports.
“We found this interesting on several fronts,” Gandee said. “First, the survey results were incredibly decisive. Of those expressing an opinion, 77% said they’d support profiling. Second, we believe that the nature of the survey audience is significant here. These are human resources executives -- many of whom work for very large companies that do business on an international basis. So the respondents are folks who are very aware of HR-related ethics and norms. They understand the importance of treating people equitably, and not jumping to conclusions about books based on book covers. And yet these professionals apparently also believe that airport safety trumps political correctness -- that when it’s logical and pragmatic to use profiling to enhance airport security, we should do so.”
The online survey was conducted during December 2009 and January 2010. It was distributed to 3,800 management professionals with hiring and/or other HR responsibilities at USA-based companies.
Gandee adds that a more serious focus on security issues is a trend he has noted among clients. “This survey result would seemingly dovetail with what we’re seeing in our industry,” he noted. “Companies are being much more vigilant about the hiring and monitoring of their most important asset -- their workforce. They’re utilizing more of our services to make sure that people who may pose a danger to their employees and their brand don’t end up on their payrolls. They’re also very aware that job applicants can be incredibly sneaky and dishonest sometimes, and that professional, comprehensive screening is the most reliable way to guard against potential problems.”