How One Background Screening Company Supports Second Chances


Applying for jobs can be strenuous and nerve-wracking. The applications are tedious, and the waiting period in-between interviews and feedback can be trying. The question about criminal history is one that many applicants don’t think twice about. They can check no and move on. However, there’s a large pool of applicants who won’t even apply for the job knowing they have to answer that one question.

Between 70 to 100 million Americans have some type of criminal record, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s almost one-third of individuals that...


Solving the Skills Gap Through Prison to Workforce Pipeline


What if I told you that right now business has the ability to solve today’s skills gap? Would you believe me? The fact is, we do. And it all starts with changing the way we think about, view and support people with criminal backgrounds. As the Chief Social Responsibility Officer for a company that trains and hires incarcerated women, I know this: if we broaden the lens we use to identify talent and future potential, we will enable our companies to flourish, build stronger communities and boost the economy. How amazing...


How a Second Chance Culture Helps Employees Succeed


For many people, receiving a Second Chance and being given a job after being released from prison is life-changing. But their success depends on more than just being hired. It’s about the environment that they are hired into.

Crystal is the community outreach coordinator for Dave's Killer Bread. Ten years after receiving a second chance opportunity with the company following her release, Crystal is thriving in her role. She credits the culture at Dave’s Killer Bread, and describes her experience as an employee partner at Dave's this way:

"Dave's Killer Bread...


A Curious Q & A Session with Dr. Diane Hamilton #SHRM19


“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney


Measuring and keeping track of various matrices are some of the trusted ways to gather business intelligence. In the past, business owners and HR professionals have given lots of importance to matrices like employee satisfaction, employee engagement, happiness quotient, and health index etc. Dr. Diane Hamilton has coined the term "Curiosity Code Index" which will open doors to innovation, creativity and increase in productivity...


Opportunity Knocks. Let it in! #SHRM19


Picture it. Las Vegas. 2007. (Said in my best Sophia Petrillo impression). It was my first ever SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. I was a little over a year into my first HR Management job. I’d never been to a conference of this magnitude, and I didn’t know anyone. I went to the Careerbuilder party at the Hard Rock (featuring the Barenaked Ladies) by myself. I ate alone. And drank alone. But I learned so much. I walked away invigorated and a little bit exhausted, with a suitcase full of tchotchkes...


Second Chance Month - Blog Series Recap


This month, SHRM celebrated Second Chance Month by featuring a series of blogs from business owners—many of whom were formerly incarcerated themselves—and workplace influencers writing about hiring those who have criminal records. 

Second Chance Month highlights the need to improve re-entry for citizens returning to society and reduce recidivism. One of the primary ways to achieve this is by providing an opportunity for gainful employment, since studies show the single most important predictor in recidivism is joblessness. 

Here at SHRM, we’re working on creating second chances through the Getting Talent Back...


Three Tips to Provide a Positive Workplace Environment for Employees in Alcohol Recovery

I've tried to quit drinking more times than I can remember during my lifetime. I'm in long-term drug recovery from meth, a drug known for the psychological cravings being arguably the most difficult to overcome. Not a single day goes by that I don't think about how difficult kicking alcohol is compared to meth. Alcohol is all around us. It's on billboards driving to work, on radio ads while we listen to music at work, and encouraged for happy hour after we get off work.

My company is located in a shared coworking...


Meet #StateLineCrew #SHRM19 Blogger – Paul LaLonde

The #StateLineCrew is an informal group of human resources professionals primarily from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois that meet regularly near the Wisconsin-Illinois “state line” to network, share stories and ideas, support one another, and bond over food and beverages. The group formed shortly after the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago and continues to evolve.

Four #StateLineCrew members (Paul LaLonde, Kyra Matkovich, Jeff Palkowski, and Mary Williams) will be participating as part of the #SHRM19Blogger Team at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference &...


#Nextchat RECAP: What Would You Do with More Time?


On April 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with Joyce Maroney (@WF_Institute), founder and executive director, Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. about "What Would You Do with More Time?" and how to efficiently manage time, the meaning of work-life fit, and best practices for productivity in your workplace. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great tips for maximizing your time, you can read all of the tweets HERE or below