Episode 10

The Compelling Business Case for Implementing Second Chance Hiring

About this Episode

Lindsey and AJ share their experiences with hiring individuals from marginalized groups, highlighting the benefits of this approach. They note that these employees often exhibit higher retention rates and engagement levels, contributing positively to the company culture.

The discussion also covers the practical aspects of integrating second-chance employees into the workforce. From initial site visits by caseworkers to accommodating certain restrictions, the guests provide valuable insights into the process. They also emphasize the importance of flexibility and understanding, ensuring every employee feels a sense of belonging within the organization.

This episode offers a compelling look at how Literati's unique hiring approach benefits the company and provides opportunities for individuals seeking a fresh start.


Recruiting Ops

This Episode's Guests

AJ Price

Recruiter @ Looking for Next Opportunity

As a recruiter, most recently at Literati, AJ is a champion for second-chance hiring. His empathetic approach to recruitment and commitment to community engagement has led to successful hires and a positive company culture.

Lyndsey Anderson

Head of Talent Acquisition @ Literati

Lyndsey Anderson, the Head of Talent Acquisition at Literati, is a strategic thinker. She's known for her innovative approach to hiring, leveraging unconventional methods to find talent where others need to look.

Hiring individuals from marginalized groups has tremendous benefits for companies that are willing to build programs that support these individuals. Second Chance Hiring programs benefit not only the employees, who often exhibit higher retention rates and engagement levels but companies too, in the form of tax breaks and additional financial incentives. Lyndsey and AJ built the Second Chance Hiring program at Literati, where it has grown to be a successful hiring channel. Since starting, they’ve found the importance of meeting candidates where they are and how it has helped restore their dignity.

Major takeaways:

  1. Meeting People Where They Are: The Key to Successful Second Chance Hiring - Lyndsey and AJ emphasize the importance of meeting people where they are in the context of Second Chance Hiring. They argue that potential hires are not always applying for jobs on a computer, and recruiters must adapt their strategies to reach these individuals. This approach was particularly effective during the COVID-19 pandemic when traditional hiring methods were disrupted. By being proactive and seeking out hiring groups and resources for Second Chance Hiring, they were able to establish a direct channel to a partner organization and create a successful hiring pipeline. This approach requires flexibility, innovation, and a willingness to step outside traditional hiring paradigms.
  2. The Impact of Second Chance Hiring on Organizational Performance - Second Chance Hiring has been found to improve employee loyalty, reduce turnover, and enhance the quality of work outputs. Lyndsey points out that this strategy is particularly effective in a tight labor market with intense competition for non-exempt employees. Organizations can fill positions quickly and efficiently by establishing a direct pipeline to willing and able workers. Moreover, organizations participating in Second Chance Hiring can also benefit from tax breaks, providing an additional financial incentive.
  3. Creating Dignity through Second Chance Hiring - Second Chance Hiring provides opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals who might not get a chance elsewhere due to their background. This approach offers a route for these individuals to reintegrate into society, move forward on a path of success, and serve the community. By lifting people in the community, organizations can contribute to societal betterment. Furthermore, letting go of the stigma associated with hiring previously incarcerated individuals is important. Like any other job, there will be situations and times when people don't work out, but that doesn't mean the system isn't working.

Hosted By

Shannon Ogborn

RecOps Consultant & Community Lead @ Ashby

Shannon Ogborn is a Recruiting Ops expert with nearly ten years of experience at companies from Google to Hired Inc and more. She’s shining a spotlight onto what makes a recruiting strategy one of a kind.

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