Thank & Honor Our Military By Giving Them a Job!
Source: SOI Blog
“An interesting recruiting dynamic is evolving as employers slowly and carefully again begin to hire. Organizations are changing position requirements and revising job descriptions to incorporate higher requirements and more state-of-the-art knowledge, skill and ability. Not only are employers striving to cover more functions with fewer workers, but also they are looking to hire people with ability to ‘hit the ground running’ by applying education, experience and job-specific knowhow. In this ‘employer’s market’, organizations are more prudent, articulate and choosey. ‘Right hiring’ can save money, advance functioning, accelerate growth and bring new opportunity to a business,” notes Raymond A. Parker, SPHR, Senior Vice President- HR Consulting for SOI, a leading professional employer organization (PEO).
Engaging a PEO’s insight into best hiring sources and practices can be valuable and enlightening. They recognize the value in employing military veterans. With more veterans in job search mode, employers can quickly and easily tap advanced and free job applicant sources, hone in on qualified personnel and use government resources to orchestrate the hiring process.
As a result, employers may be able to: 1) profit by applying WOTC tax credit of $2,400 per veteran, 2) increase value by fostering veterans to use G.I. Bill education/training awards (up to $51,300 per veteran), 3) realize the value of VA health and welfare benefits available to selected veterans in lieu of organization plans, 4) rely upon authoritative I-9 qualification and accurate background information, 5) promptly apply pre-training and demonstrated capability, as well as 6) realize the satisfaction from supporting veterans and the U.S.
Working with numerous, multi-state, varied-industry, different sized and most organization structures, PEOs have gained insight into the value of employing military veterans. Parker followed and gathered input from employers deliberately hiring veterans to prioritize the following 36 veteran work characteristics: Can-do attitude, Follow instructions, On-time completion, Quality oriented, Self-reliant, Disciplined approach, Mature, Attention to detail, Self-directed, Results-oriented, Flexible, Take responsibility, Loyal, Team contributor, Multitask capability, Stress-coping, Planning-oriented, Seek continuous activity, Long hours affinity, Training-oriented, Advanced technical training, Ingenuity aptitude, Respect hierarchy/authority, Adverse conditions coping, Multi/varied training, Practiced skills, Results (not earnings) motivation, Advanced and focused education, Citizenship/security certified, International insights, Multilingual (some vets), VA health/welfare opportunity, Easy hiring access, Sense of duty, and Volunteerism.
Some of these positive work characteristics can challenge employers. Work environments which are slower in tempo, non-challenging, absent timelines/goal setting and those which lack discipline are cited to be frustrating for military veterans in the workplace. Yet, owners and managers have capitalized upon these veteran frustrations by having veterans serve as models, coach and mentor others and plan work and lead employee teams. When hired into civilian organizations in today’s resurgent economy, military veterans have distinguished themselves with “impressive” results in accomplishing the work, motivating and leading others.
For more information on working with military veterans or for a free comparison quote, contact SOI today.
SOI is a leading professional employer organization (PEO) for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) serving as a trusted partner in integrated human resource (HR) compliance, risk management, employee benefits, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), and payroll processing. SOI is based in Charlotte, NC and supports tens of thousands of worksite employees throughout the U.S. For more details, visit: human resources services.