While considerable focus over the last few years has been on the recruitment of veterans, less has been given to the retention of veterans once they come on-board. The operative question becomes, “What can companies do to ensure they optimize the performance of their veteran employees, especially those who have served in combat and return with injuries, both visible and invisible?”
As you can imagine, this question is of considerable interest to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, especially their National Center for PTSD. The VA has been a tireless force in helping educate employers and the veterans themselves on what actions and/or accommodations can be taken to improve the likelihood of their success in the civilian workplace.
Over the past two years, Corporate Gray worked in partnership with Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored project titled Veterans in the Workplace. The focus of this research study was to identify “best practices” of companies nationwide who are employing military veterans, Reserve, and National Guard personnel. Special emphasis was placed on actions companies can take to increase retention and assist Veteran employees experiencing PTSD and/or other mental health challenges. Once this study has been approved for publication by the VA, the results will be included in the VA’s Veterans Employment Toolkit.
The Toolkit currently has these 5 sections:
– Veterans are Valuable Assets
– Understanding the Military Experience
– Supporting your Veteran Employees
– Resources for Veterans
The Veterans Employment Toolkit also includes resources for Veterans looking to obtain employment and how they can make important career decisions and excel in the workplace.
The VA study shows that companies that provide accommodations for all employees experiencing mental health issues, including their military veteran employees, will considerably improve employee performance and retention, not to mention their employees’ well-being and loyalty to the firm. And that improved performance will lead to a better bottom line for the company!
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