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Many are willing to hire ex-convicts

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Are you willing to hire ex-convicts for positions in your company?

  • Yes, but we are only willing to do it for certain positions, 35%
  • Yes — we are willing to work with them on a case-by-case basis for any position, 33%
  • We don’t know whether we hire ex-convicts, 18%
  • No, but we have in the past, 13%

I’m always interested in knowing who doesn’t know if they are hiring ex-convicts. I think many HR pros are smart about evaluating the circumstances of any conviction but simply choosing to ignore possible issues is next to criminal itself. One-fifth of you not knowing is an awfully high percentage, especially with the affordability of background checks.

Lance Haun is community director for ERE.net, the main guy over at Rehaul.com and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.

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