Employers

Continuous Improvement Infused in a Veteran’s DNA

Maintaining the status quo with a “This is the way we’ve always done it” philosophy is a recipe for disaster in today’s global market, where customers can get something better, faster, or cheaper in record time. It’s the companies with a strategy for continuous improvement that stay one step ahead of the curve, and military… Read more »

Junior Military Officers Deliver Agile Leadership

We’ve turned the corner on “business as usual” in most industries. Early adopters of disruption and technology have gained an edge over some tried-and-true companies late to adopt a technology strategy. Some examples: Amazon’s disruption of retail sent Wal-Mart and Target rushing into online business and forcing innovation. Thanks to Uber and Lyft, calling a… Read more »

This Year’s Talent Shortage Is Costing Your Business More Than You Think

Picture a successful oil and gas company with a talent shortage. Several field service technicians have departed for greener pastures and those roles are not backfilled right away. Accordingly, more work gets distributed among the rest of the maintenance department. Because business is booming, work orders have increased but the staff shortage means there are… Read more »

Avoid the Job Candidate “Ghosting” Phenomenon

Job seekers today have many choices, and their behavior reflects it. As unemployment keeps hovering at historic lows (including veteran unemployment, which is much lower than the overall rate) the labor market will likely remain tight in 2019 and companies will continue to slug it out for the best hires. A side effect of this… Read more »

An Attitude of Gratitude Boosts Your Workplace Culture

Everyone wants to feel appreciated, valued, and recognized. Studies have shown that appreciation (or the absence of it) directly impacts employee performance and retention. “The Last Lecture” author Randy Pausch said, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” This is a theme of ours at… Read more »

Soft Skills Are Irreplaceable

While many laborers today worry that the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) may take their jobs away, humans still possess something that computers can’t replicate: soft skills. A 2017 joint study from Boston College, Harvard, and the University of Michigan suggested that soft skills training in areas like problem solving and communication increases productivity and… Read more »

Fill Construction Jobs with Veterans

Although the U.S. construction industry is growing at a healthy pace, there are challenges facing the industry. A lack of skilled workers coupled with retiring baby boomers means attracting younger talent is imperative to fill construction jobs. The solution? Hire veterans. Many transitioning servicemembers possess the desirable skills, and many executed or managed construction projects… Read more »

Veterans Fit Naturally Into Collective Leadership Environments

Employing principles of collective leadership is an emerging trend in the workplace. Although not a new concept, collective leadership champions diverse perspectives and contributions. It leverages internal motivation and shared responsibility when groups work together toward one vision, with everyone using their unique talents and skills to contribute to the process. This will sound very… Read more »

Time To Change Your Focus When Hiring

It takes just 7.4 seconds to reject an applicant based on skills listed on a resume. According to an eye-tracking study, recruiters use those 7.4 seconds on rudimentary “pattern matching”— that is, hunting for keywords that match the open role. Imagine now that your keywords include only hardline technical requirements such as software programs and… Read more »

So Long, “Culture Fit,” Veterans Make Superior “Culture Adds”

Embedded in corporate hiring processes for years, the term “culture fit” began as a way of assessing whether a potential employee could sufficiently meld into a company’s work vibe. However, the practice of hiring based on cultural fit has increasingly become viewed as fraught with unconscious bias and as a roadblock to inclusivity and diversity…. Read more »