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According to the Salvation Army charity begins at home The Salvation Army realized that it had a problem with theft among its kettle workers the people who collect money for the Army during Christmas season Apparently some of the kettlers were helping themselves to the Armys money before the organization had a chance to give it out To put a stop to this problem the Salvation Army along with other business organizations implemented the use of honesty tests for prospective employers which would aim at flushing out potential troublemakers Honesty tests also measure an applicants tendency toward drug use and violence All three categories honesty drugs and violence play are key role in companies losses according to the makers of these tests A companys loss can be huge when taking into consideration compound problems such as the cost of employee drug use in terms of absenteeism lost initiative inattentiveness accidents diminished productivity and employee violence costs companies millions of dollars in damage lost productivity and law suites Honesty-test makers say that the only way to deal with these problems is before workers are hired not after Therefore prospective employees should be subject to a pre-employment psychological test that will identify those prospective employees who will be likely to steal who have a history of violence or emotional instability or who have used illegal drugs in the past on a regular basis It is believe that dishonest job applicants are clever enough to fool potential employees at a job interview They have a way of conducting themselves that is probably superior to the low-risk person because they have learned what it takes to be accepted and how to overcome the normal interview strategy Therefore the high-risk dishonest person will get the job unless there is someway to screen them and allegedly these honesty tests are needed to weed out the crooks The positive aspects of the test are they are legal more economical than polygraph tests
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