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Driving Innovation Through Fair Chance Hiring

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Innovation is a key driver of success in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. To stay ahead, companies need fresh ideas, diverse perspectives, and out-of-the-box thinking. One effective way to foster innovation in the workforce is by embracing fair chance hiring practices.

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Included in this blog are 5 ways system-impacted individuals can fuel innovation within companies that hire them.

  1. Diverse Perspectives. System-impacted individuals bring a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to the table. When employers incorporate these diverse viewpoints into their teams, they create an environment that encourages out-of-the-box thinking and fosters innovative solutions. Different life experiences can spark new ideas and help your organization approach challenges from unique angles.

  2. Problem-Solving Abilities. Individuals with criminal histories often possess exceptional problem-solving skills. Overcoming personal obstacles and navigating complex situations have honed their abilities to think on their feet and find creative solutions. By hiring system-impacted individuals, you tap into this valuable skill set, bringing fresh problem-solving approaches to your organization.

  3. Adaptability and Resilience. Fair chance employees have demonstrated resilience and adaptability in their personal journeys. They have faced challenges, learned from their experiences, and emerged stronger. This resilience translates into the workplace, as they can adapt quickly to change and bring a can-do attitude when tackling new projects or overcoming obstacles. Their ability to embrace change can propel your organization forward.

  4. Outside-the-Box Thinking. System-impacted individuals often have unconventional career paths. They have had to think creatively to navigate barriers and build new opportunities. This "outside-the-box" thinking can be a valuable asset to your organization. Their diverse experiences and non-traditional perspectives can challenge the status quo and inspire innovative approaches that drive your business forward.

  5. Collaboration and Teamwork. Embracing fair chance hiring practices fosters a culture of collaboration and teamwork. Fair chance employees often understand the importance of relying on others for support and working together to achieve common goals. This collaborative mindset promotes a sense of shared purpose and enhances team dynamics, leading to increased creativity and innovation.

LA County Employers who are ready to drive innovation and tap into the vast potential of system-impacted individuals should visit our Fair Chance Hiring Resource page to learn more about the initiative and take the pledge today.

Stay tuned for my next blog, where I will explore the loyalty and dedication fair chance employees bring to the workplace.

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