EmployeeReliability – Due the difficulties ex-offenders face to find employment, theyare usually highly motivated to be long term employees. HiringOpportunity – It is an untapped pool of manpower resource at no additional costto the employer especially in a tight labour market like Singapore.2.2Employment ChallengesWiththe benefits of hiring ex-offenders there are also risks the organisation istaking. Learning from previous failed hiring experience, where Mr. Benny had90% of ex-convicts as employees and many of them went back to drugs and gotinto fights while at work. It caused a big loss to his business.
Hiringthe right employee is a tedious process. Hiring the wrong employee will becostly to the organisation while hiring the right person will have a positiveimpact in the success of the organisation goals.DuringMr. Benny’s 1 month stint with Jamie Oliver’s apprenticeship programme, helearnt that it is not about the numbers of ex-offenders hired but the abilityto provide training, quality career growth and fair remuneration that makes thekey to success. Now,Eighteen Chef has a good balance of ex-offenders and qualified employees withrelevant skills to match the organisation requirements.
Today there are about35% of the employees who are ex-offenders.2.3 Recommendationsfor Eighteen ChefThechallenge faced by Eighteen Chef is mainly managing the ex-offender populationand ensuring that it does not cause any problems to the business.Firstly,there should be a strict HR Policy in place to be adhered to by all employees. Secondly,it is important to equip the hiring/line managers with people management skillsand partner SPS on behaviour training courses.
It will be beneficial when theyare able to pick up signs on one returning to its old ways.Inaddition, it is encouraged for the management to be open and share theirinitiative of hiring ex-offenders with all employees to promote better integrationand prevent ostracisation in the workplace.