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校车公司在明尼苏达州部分地区遭遇司机短缺:背景调查是原因吗?

极其深入的背景调查和就业前筛选流程有时可能是一把双刃剑。一方面,雇主希望确保他们雇佣的是安全、有经验和值得信赖的人,而深入的背景调查是最好的方法之一。另一方面,广泛的检查或筛选政策也会吓跑潜在的申请人,尤其是当手头的工作或机会在工作职责、薪酬或福利方面不是很理想时。

在宾夕法尼亚州,自从通过《儿童保护服务法》规定对所有学校志愿者进行广泛的背景调查以来,这个话题一直是一个受欢迎的话题,许多学区担心这一举措会阻止家长和社区成员在学校做志愿者。现在,在明尼苏达州的明尼阿波利斯和圣保罗,深入的筛查政策可能是导致校车司机短缺问题日益严重的一个因素。

距离大多数学校恢复开学仅剩大约一个月的时间,First Student, Inc. 很难找到在明尼阿波利斯-圣的公交车司机。保罗都市区。并不是说 First Student 是一家规模或资源有限的小公司。相反,First Student, Inc. 是北美最大的校车运输服务提供商,业务遍及全国,包括明尼阿波利斯-圣路易斯的 10 个地点。保罗都会区,明尼苏达州有 15 个。

在筛选新校车司机时,First Student 确实有相当严格的规定。所有申请人都必须通过深入的背景调查,其中包括犯罪记录检查、工作经历检查、居住信息检查和驾驶记录检查。该公司称其背景审查政策是“[校车运输]行业中最广泛的背景调查程序”。

除了犯罪、就业、驾驶和居住背景调查之外,First Student 就业前筛选过程还包括身体表现和灵巧要求以及药物/酒精测试。雇用巴士司机后,还会随机进行药物和酒精测试。

所有这些要求都是绝对必要的,以确保学生在上下学途中的安全。尽管如此,这些检查的广泛性质可能会阻止某些人向 First Student 申请空缺职位。根据明尼阿波利斯 NBC 附属机构 KARE 11 的一份报告,这家校车公司希望填补整个都会区约 75 个空缺职位。部分员工短缺与公司为即将到来的学年覆盖的新路线有关。另一个促成因素是 First Student 的许多司机最近退休了。但广泛的背景审查、对毒品和酒精的零容忍政策以及苛刻的身体要求几乎无疑限制了潜在申请人的规模。

问题是,像First Student这样的公司可以做些什么来吸引人们申请空缺职位?由于校车司机每天都与孩子有密切接触,因此取消背景调查和其他就业前政策确实不是一种选择。那么有什么解决办法呢?工资更高?更好的福利?据报道,First Student 已经提供了签约奖金?不幸的是,这是一个没有简单答案的两难问题,但随着巴士司机背景调查变得越来越普遍和深入,全国许多校车运输公司可能不得不很快处理这个问题。




In Pennsylvania, this topic has been a popular one for discussion since the passing of the Child Protective Services Act stipulated extensive background checks for all school volunteers, a move that many school districts worried would keep parents and community members from volunteering at school. Now, in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, in-depth screening policies could be a contributing factor in an increasingly concerning school bus driver shortage.

With just about a month left until most schools will be back in session, First Student, Inc. is having difficulty finding bus drivers to work in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. It's not that First Student is a small company with limited reach or resources either. On the contrary, First Student, Inc. is the largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America, and has presences all throughout the country, including 10 locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, and 15 throughout Minnesota.

First Student does have fairly strict regulations in place when it comes to screening new school bus drivers. All applicants must pass an in-depth background check, which includes criminal history checks, employment history checks, residency information checks, and driving record checks. The company calls its background screening policy "the most extensive background check process in the [school bus transportation] industry."

In addition to criminal, employment, driving, and residency background checks, the First Student pre-employment screening process also includes physical performance and dexterity requirements and drug/alcohol testing. Drug and alcohol tests are also conducted on a random screening basis after bus drivers are hired.

All of these requirements are absolutely necessary to ensure that students are kept safe while traveling to and from school. Still, the extensive nature of these checks could be discouraging certain individuals from applying for open positions with First Student. According to a report from KARE 11, a Minneapolis NBC affiliate, the school bus company is looking to fill about 75 open positions throughout the metro area. Some of the employee shortage has to do with new routes that the company is covering for the upcoming school year. Another contributing factor is that numerous drivers with First Student recently retired. But extensive background screenings, zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies, and demanding physical requirements are almost undoubtedly limiting the size of the potential applicant pool.

The question is, what can companies like First Student do to entice people into applying for open positions? Since school bus drivers have close contact with kids every day, dialing back on background checks and other pre-employment policies is really not an option. So what's the solution? Higher salaries? Better benefits? Signing bonuses, which First Student is reportedly already offering? Unfortunately, this is a dilemma without an easy answer, but it's one that many school bus transportation companies around the country might have to deal with soon, as bus driver background checks become more prevalent and more in-depth.


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