Transitioning to civilian employment after serving in the military is often what is most challenging to veterans. In fact, Business Wire reported more than 70 percent of vets said finding a job was the toughest part of the process. And even when landing a job, many veterans struggle to hold onto it as they process the civilian world.
Military Friendly, a workplace certification body, was founded in 2003 to create civilian opportunities for veterans. According to the organization, “By setting a standard, promoting it and raising the bar over time, it provides long term, positive reinforcement for American organizations to invest in programs that improve the lives of veterans. It’s about creating demand for veterans in the private sector.”
Companies seeking the group’s endorsement go through an exhaustive process looking at every element of operations. When the program began, about 20 companies sought the Military Friendly designation; for 2021, more than 2,000 companies began the process and only Windstream and 68 other companies were actually named Military Friendly Employers.
Most of the companies who attain designations like this are enterprise-size businesses. But you don’t have to be to be the kind of place that veterans feel valued and find good use for their skills.
Inc. Magazine offers the following suggestions:
- Foster empathy through education.
- Create ample opportunities for community building.
- Be thoughtful about new-hire orientation, prioritizing communication.
- Provide opportunities for development.
For more tips, check out this month’s episode of our podcast: Connecting Business.