Celebrate Veterans Day, Boost Your Business By Hiring A Veterinarian
November 11 is Veterans Day, when we honor those who served in the armed forces of the United States.
As a proud veteran myself – US Air Force, retiree – I am grateful for the way we are now being treated in our country. People often thank me and my fellow veterans for our service, and we are often asked to stand up and be recognized at sporting events.
These strong and positive feelings for those who wear the uniform are very different from when I joined the Air Force ROTC in college in 1977. The post-Vietnam era was not the best time to be associated with military, but I’m certainly happy to see that our country is now firmly behind our military, especially in the years following September 11th.
However, while veterans, like other Americans, have benefited from a strong economy before the pandemic and its robust job market – which appears to be recovering now – they are also 37% more likely to be. “Underemployed,” according to a 2020 Study by LinkedIn. Underemployment is defined as when a person performs a job that does not fully utilize their skills and abilities.
Unfortunately, the skills and character traits developed in the military are often unknown, ignored or undervalued by the private sector. I think it is time for the private sector to better understand the value that hiring veterans can bring to their organizations and sincerely thank veterans for their service. However, hiring a veteran will not only demonstrate your appreciation for their service, but also allow you to retain a great employee who will improve your entire team.
Here are some of the many reasons why you should hire a veteran:
Veterans can be trained and coached. Veterans are often underemployed because companies believe they do not have the skills or experience to perform the work in their company. However, in many cases the commitment and ability to learn will outweigh the long term experience. All veterans were trained during their military careers to do things they had never done before and were often “coached” to take on new challenges. If you give a veteran the proper training and are willing to mentor or mentor them, you will soon have an exceptional, independent performer.
Veterans are loyal and committed to their organizations. Veterans have always favored organizational success over individual success. Throughout their military careers, Veterans have demonstrated their commitment to their unit and their country, and remain loyal no matter the challenges or circumstances. This typically translates into higher retention rates of veterans when they enter the private sector, which is critically important in these times when turnover is high and the cost of replacing workers continues to rise. . Recent data shows that veterans stay in their original business 8.3% longer than non-veterans.
The veterans are very motivated and very successful. Veterans come from a culture of mission accomplishment. They have a “mission first” mentality. Therefore, they come to work motivated to succeed and succeed, which comes from having experienced this culture throughout their military careers. This usually leads to exceptional results, as veterans are 39% more likely to be promoted earlier than non-veterans.
Veterans are great team members, great leaders and great followers. Everything in the military is accomplished in a team setting with a clear and hierarchical “chain of command”. Veterans are very comfortable being part of a team and following the official team leader. You can count on the veterans to do their part of a team effort. However, in the military, personnel are often offered both formal and informal leadership opportunities. Veterans know how to read a situation quickly and can determine when to be a leader and when to be a follower. Great teams are made up of people who know how to follow, but who can rise to the task when leadership is needed. These are skills that have been developed in veterans.
Veterans are resilient and triumph over adversity. Veterans have faced many difficult situations during their military careers. They learned to face adversity and overcome significant challenges. Their military careers have made them resilient and this carries over into their post-military careers. Their resilience will not only benefit them in the business world, but also set a good example for their colleagues.
Integrity. For a military unit to function effectively in stressful situations, the integrity of each individual is paramount. Honesty, respect, reliability and commitment are the elements of integrity found in all Veterans. These are values that we look for in all of our employees and traits that we hope to rub off on their colleagues.
Respect for diversity and inclusion. Veterans have learned to work with people regardless of race, sex, religion, ethnicity and economic status. They are used to cooperating with many different types of people and respecting the differences of others. Coming from an environment that respects diversity and inclusion, Veterans will bring that respect to work and likely influence others to do the same.
Veterans bring many valuable traits, attributes and skills to your workplace and can share them with others. I hope you will celebrate Veterans Day by thanking a veteran for their service with an opportunity in your organization!
The writer is Dean of Hull College of Business at Augusta University.