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Session 3 - Becoming a Military-Friendly Employer

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Session 3 - Operation Pledge to Vets Conference. Becoming a Military-Friendly Employer.

Session 3 - Operation Pledge to Vets Conference. Becoming a Military-Friendly Employer.

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  • 1. BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER HEATHER HENRY © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC
  • 2. A person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces and has a discharge other than dishonorable Project Veterans in MD in 2014: 435,657 87% recorded retention rate 2 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER What IS a veteran?
  • 3. • Value the traits that most veterans bring from their military background • Acknowledge the accelerated learning curve of a veteran • Recognize that the U.S. Military excels at cultivating essential workplace skills in personnel But also… • Open avenues for veterans within the company • Establish concrete steps to give veterans an opportunity, support, and consideration in hiring and on the job 3 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER What Does Military-Friendly Mean?
  • 4. Veteran Recruitment • • • • • • • Employs staff to recruit Has military specific section on company website An annual military hiring advertising budget Internal programs to support disabled veteran hiring Accepts certification for military experience Tracks veteran or spouse applications Military recruitment training for HR staff Veteran Numbers 12% - Military or spouse employees 16% - Transitioning Military/ Veteran New Hires 10% - Military Spouse New Hires 45% - Representation of veterans in leadership positions Veteran Retention • • • • • • OJT programs for veterans and spouses Managerial level training programs for veterans and spouses Networking events for military employees Job relocation assistance for spouses On-ramping programs for employees returning from duty Over 6 months formal sponsorships for military new hires © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC 4 HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Case Study: USAA #1 Military-Friendly Employer
  • 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Develop a Strategy for a Veterans Hiring Program Create a Welcoming and Educated Workplace Actively Recruit Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Spouses Hire Qualified Veterans and Learn How to Accommodate Wounded Warriors Promote an Inclusive Workplace to Retain Your Veteran Employees Keep Helpful Tools and Resources at Your Fingertips - DOL Veteran Hiring Toolkit 5 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER 6 Steps to Becoming Veteran-Friendly
  • 6. • • • • Become familiar with benefits of hiring Tie veteran recruiting to your overall business strategy Build commitment by establishing a core internal team Develop a realistic plan of what steps your company can take • Communicate strategy to all levels of the company Understand Build Commitment Develop a Plan Communicate 6 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 1: Develop a Strategy
  • 7. • Develop understanding of military culture and experience • Establish your company and application as veteran-friendly - Post on website - Mention value of veterans in materials - Consider supporting hiring of military spouses • Learn about the potential wounds of veterans 7 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 2: A Welcoming Environment
  • 8. • Modify job descriptions • Access credible resources in your search • Add “Have you served in the armed forces of the United States?” on your application • Know what you can and shouldn’t ask in the interview • Make someone familiar with military experience and culture available to help • Offer pre-employment civilian work-experience 8 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 3: Actively Recruit Veterans
  • 9. Create an on-boarding plan Clearly communicate • norms, roles and responsibilities • performance expectations, policies on promotions • process for requesting job accommodations Consider employee mentoring Understand compliance responsibilities • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) • Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) Know where to go for accommodation assistance 9 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 4: Hire Veterans
  • 10. • • • • Develop and promote peer mentorships Practice veteran appreciation Evaluate Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) Dispel misconceptions through education of employees and managers • Expose veterans to new roles and give opportunity for leadership HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 5: Retaining Veteran Employees 10 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC
  • 11. • Connect with your Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) • Develop partnerships with Veteran Service Organizations or the VA to stay connected • Join social media groups • Refer to Toolkits • • • DOL “Veteran Hiring Toolkit” SHRM “Support from Behind the Lines” VA “Veterans Employment Toolkit” HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Step 6: Helpful Tools and Resources 11 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC
  • 12. • MDVA “Veteran Friendly Businesses of Maryland” • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support • ESGR Pro Patria Award • Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Become Recognized as Military Friendly 12 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC
  • 13. • Alan Crawley – LVER, Southern Maryland • Robert Pelletier – LVER, Montgomery County • LeRoy Thomas – LVER, Mid-Maryland HEATHER HENRY BECOMING A MILITARY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYER Questions 13 © 2013 ALLAGASH GROUP LLC