Like DCR Workforce, many American employers have launched programs to further the employment opportunities of veterans. Many more employers out there may also be equally committed to and enthusiastic about doing their duty by Veterans who have selflessly served America and its people. Unfortunately, some of them may not be pursuing this enthusiasm to its logical conclusion, mainly out of an uncertainty about how a Veteran could fit their company and the civilian roles it has on offer.
Through their military service, most veterans develop skills that are directly applicable to the workplace. The U.S. military is a high tech operation. Service personnel receive extensive training in the use of highly sophisticated equipment. They also develop critical “soft skills” associated with leadership, initiative, and teamwork. The challenge for employers and veterans is to recognize how to translate skills developed through military service into civilian roles.
A number of approaches and solutions help to make this possible, some of which are listed below:
All Veterans are, without exception, highly disciplined and organized. Do let them know that they are held in high esteem for their service to the nation. Assure them of your commitment to provide them with reasonable accommodation in this transitional phase. Offer accommodations for any physical injury or disability they may have suffered in action. Let them know what deliverables are expected from them and sit back to enjoy the ride.
Remember, with more Veterans scheduled to be demobilized, there is no time like now to become a military-ready employer.
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