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What Employers Should Consider: Applicant’s with Criminal Histories

Each year in the United States about 700,000 men and women are released from prison and re-enter society, which means those people are in need to re-enter the workforce as well. Even with so many open jobs across industries and employers’ growing need for workers, applicant’s with criminal backgrounds still face a huge bias obstacle with employers. Attitudes towards candidates with criminal histories have shifted over the years, The Society of Human Resources (SHRM) conducted a survey and found that managers and HR professionals show increasing awareness and understanding that a criminal background should not automatically disqualify someone from employment. However, the willingness to hire in theory is not the same in practice. What preconceived notions prevent managers and HR professionals from hiring applicants with criminal histories, and do these concepts reflect reality?

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How to Reduce Employee Turnover (and it won't cost you!)

In today's market, employees care about things besides just money. Company values and mission, corporate culture, work-life balance and company perks all weigh heavily on an employee's mind. Among that list is Recognition. Employees want recognition, sooner than later, for their job well done. Positive feedback on a continual basis is key to making employees feel appreciated and offers a sense of belonging. If your employee felt they were not being recognized for their hard work and could make the same salary at another company (assuming all things were equal), why would they stay? The job market is incredibly tight right now as employers are all fighting for the same candidates. You must differentiate yourself from the competition, especially if you can't offer fancy perks such as luxurious break rooms or daily catered lunches. How can you give recognition and reduce employee turnover? Easy.

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