Supporting Veterans in the Workplace

by | May 25, 2023 | HR Policies, Recruiting & Retention, Workplace Culture

Veterans bring unique skills, experiences, and perspectives to the workplace, making them valuable assets for any organization. In HR, creating an inclusive and supportive environment that enables veterans to transition into civilian careers successfully is crucial. 

  1. Understanding the Veteran Experience: To provide effective support, it is essential to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and experiences faced by veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs highlights the importance of awareness and empathy, encouraging HR professionals and colleagues to familiarize themselves with the unique circumstances veterans may have encountered during their service. [1]
  2. Implementing a Veterans’ Recruitment Strategy: HR professionals can contribute to the successful integration of veterans into the workforce by implementing a targeted recruitment strategy. HR Daily Advisor emphasizes the significance of establishing partnerships with military transition programs, veteran service organizations, and job placement agencies. Such collaborations can help identify suitable candidates and facilitate the transition process. [1]
  3. Providing Mentoring and Onboarding Programs: Supporting veterans during their onboarding process is crucial for their successful integration into the organization. SHRM suggests implementing mentoring programs that pair veterans with experienced employees who can provide guidance, answer questions, and offer insights into company culture. Furthermore, comprehensive onboarding programs tailored to veterans can ensure a smooth transition and enhance job satisfaction. [1]
  4. Promoting Workplace Flexibility: Flexibility in the workplace is essential to accommodate the specific needs of veterans. HR professionals should create policies that allow for flexible work hours, remote work options, or accommodations for medical appointments related to service-related disabilities. By promoting work-life balance, organizations can foster a supportive environment for veterans to thrive. [3]
  5. Offering Training and Development Opportunities: Investing in training and development programs can empower veterans to enhance their skills and progress in their careers. SHRM emphasizes the importance of recognizing veterans’ transferrable skills and providing opportunities for upskilling or reskilling. HR professionals can work with managers to identify suitable training programs and support veterans’ professional growth within the organization. [3]
  6. Establishing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Employee Resource Groups specific to veterans can create a sense of community and support within the organization. These groups offer a platform for veterans to connect, share experiences, and provide support to one another. HR Daily Advisor suggests partnering with existing veteran-focused organizations to establish ERGs and leverage their expertise in supporting veterans in the workplace. [4]
  7. Promoting Mental Health Support: Veterans may face unique mental health challenges resulting from their service. HR professionals can play a vital role in promoting mental health support initiatives within the workplace. By providing access to counseling services, employee assistance programs, or mental health resources, organizations can contribute to the overall well-being and resilience of their veteran employees. [5]

Overall, veterans are great assets to any workplace. They work well with a team, enjoy having a sense of duty, follow rules and schedules, adapt well, and so much more. Allowing them to work is a great way to give back to them for their service.