With all the events this weekend in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, I couldn’t help but think about not only those who died on that day, but the military members who were subsequently called to respond. By September 2001 I had completed a transition from active military duty to civilian employment,… Read more »
When I’ve spoken to groups or individual employers about retaining veterans and developing sponsorship and mentoring programs, I’ve repeatedly encountered two situations where I’ve struggled to offer a solution: A business that has few veteran employees to be mentors to incoming transitioning service members A former service member who would like to mentor other veterans… Read more »
CivilianJobs.com, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, recently announced the 2011 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military winners. Congratulations to all the military friendly companies who earned this distinction!
The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) conducted a recent survey of holiday practices and found that three in ten employers (30 percent) will give all or most workers a paid holiday on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. It got me to wondering how many companies offer their employees a paid… Read more »
In this series of blogs I am exploring some creative ways that employers can “test drive” veterans before hiring them and that veterans can explore civilian careers. The first blog addressed internships. This blog reviews on-the-job-training programs. Every company has certain categories of positions that are in constant need of filling. Whether those positions are… Read more »
Many companies make a special effort to acknowledge Women’s History Month, or African American/Native American/Hispanic American History Month – often with celebrations, or posters acknowledging those groups’ contributions to the culture and diversity of the organization. Yet, when Veterans Day rolls around…companies are strangely silent. Let’s chalk that up to an assumption that companies want… Read more »
Another fantastic suggestion that originates from Elaine Dumler’s book “I’m Already Home…Again – Keeping Your Family Close While On Assignment or Deployment“, is a Flat Daddy(TM). Since many deployments last anywhere from 6 months to 15 months, children of service members lose a sense of connection to the deployed parent. A Flat Daddy is a… Read more »
Do you have employees who also serve in the Guard or Reserve? These days it’s often not a question of “if” but “when” they will be mobilized for military service. You probably also have employees who are married to military members or who are the parent of a young service member. You may be wondering… Read more »