Most companies opt for military talent as their workforce. They recognize the value, contribution and business return of hiring and sourcing workforce that served the country. However, assuming that their military experience is enough to keep them afloat and prep them in their new careers is a bit unrealistic. Successfully onboarding of military veterans requires modification in the business. Here are a few best practices for veteran employee onboarding.
Explain the Business
The employers must explain the entire process and the organizational behavior of the company. Even as little details as what time the whole team gathers for daily meetings must be conveyed to the new employee. The big questions such as the common goal of the company, the vision, and the mission should be clearly explained in detail as well.
Create an Inclusive Environment
The employers must train the managers to create an inclusive environment. If a vet gets successfully settled in the company then ask them to speak to the managers to highlight the difference between military work culture and private sector one and fuse both experiences in the real world scenario.
Team Up the Veteran
Assign a mentor or team up the veteran with a colleague. The mentor or the colleague will provide answers during their career at the company. Mentors can provide insight, support and proper knowledge about the company, job, and industry that gives the mentee the tools to tackle everyday challenges.
Create a Veteran Resource Group (VRG)
Introducing the veterans to Veteran Resource Group (VRG) helps them mingle with like-minded professionals like guard and reservists and former army service members. Conduct events on building camaraderie inside the company. Over a period, the veteran employees will build relationships, enjoy learning, and start using tools the company VRG offers them. Engagement in the VRG can bring job satisfaction to the veteran employees.
Check in often
During their military days, veterans were trained to perform specific tasks which worked in sync with the work and roles of others. Teamwork is ingrained in their minds and the civilians might not understand their skills and cultural norms. Meet your veteran employees often and check in on them. If meetings for civilians are conducted once in a month, the frequency should be higher for veteran employees. If it seems unnecessary, then reduce the rate of meetings. The best practice is to show that employer is available and accessible to help them navigate in the civilian work environment.