Many companies today are facing challenges finding applicants to fill their open employment positions. In spite of a variety of online avenues to promote job availability, the pool of applicants seems inadequate. One method to increase the universe of potential hires is to implement Continuous Criminal Monitoring.

Performing pre-employment background checks has been the norm. By implementing a system of Continuous Criminal Monitoring, the ongoing criminal history of existing employees can also be scrutinized. Here are some of the reasons that Continuous Criminal Monitoring can help increase the job applicants you need, while also benefiting your company in other ways.

Provide a fair chance to individuals with criminal records: By implementing Continuous Criminal Monitoring, employers can provide individuals with criminal records a fair chance to apply for jobs and demonstrate their qualifications without the fear of immediate disqualification based solely on their criminal history.

Increase diversity in the workplace: By providing a fair chance to individuals with criminal records, organizations can increase the diversity of their workplace by opening up opportunities to candidates who might otherwise have been excluded.

Promote second chances: By giving individuals with criminal records the opportunity to demonstrate their rehabilitation and reform, Continuous Criminal Monitoring can promote the idea of second chances and help break down barriers to employment.

Access a larger pool of qualified candidates: By casting a wider net in the job applicant pool, organizations may be able to access a larger pool of qualified candidates who have the skills and experience needed for the job.

Address labor shortages: In industries where there is a shortage of qualified candidates, Continuous Criminal Monitoring can help organizations find qualified candidates they might have otherwise overlooked.

Support workforce development: By providing individuals with criminal records access to employment opportunities, organizations can support workforce development initiatives and help individuals build a stable and successful career.

Maintaining compliance with EEOC guidelines: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has guidelines in place to ensure that employers do not discriminate against individuals with criminal records. Continuous Criminal Monitoring can help provide employers “peace of mind,” when hiring someone with a prior criminal record.

Improve company culture: By promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, organizations can improve company culture and create a more welcoming and supportive environment for all employees.

Reduce turnover: By opening up opportunities to a larger pool of qualified candidates, organizations may be able to find the best fit for the job and reduce turnover rates.

Enhance employer brand: By demonstrating a commitment to fair and inclusive hiring practices, organizations can enhance their employer brand and attract top talent who value diversity and social responsibility.

Our society is built around second chances. We are all human. We have all erred. The reality is that individuals who previously committed a crime but now want to turn their life around – when given the opportunity – may become one of your most loyal and appreciative employees. Continuous Criminal Monitoring can create a “check and balance” mechanism that will allow your company to provide job opportunities to an often-overlooked population, while mitigating any ongoing risk.

Posted by: Rudy Troisi, L.P.I., President and CEO, Reliable Background Screening

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