Military Members in the Civilian Workforce

Military Members in the Civilian Workforce

Military veterans and reservists make great additions to any organization and can provide positive impacts on company culture. In 2014, there were 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do they make up a good portion of our population, their military training can sometimes provide a new element of versatility and discipline at an organization that aids in meeting and achieving goals. Some of the characteristics that makes them a great employee are as follows:

Leadership
Service members are constantly taught leadership skills while in the military and those characteristics are engrained in their persona. They are trained to overcome adversities with control and precision. Veterans have also been trained in leadership styles such as delegation, direction, inspiration, and motivation, which makes them adaptable leaders to turn to when facing challenges as an organization.

Teamwork
Teamwork is a crucial piece of being a part of the military. Military members are taught to trust their colleagues and work together in high stress, life-or-death situations. Teamwork is the core to what all military operations are built on and operate safely by. The ability to work in a team at that capacity is something every organization’s workforce can benefit from.

Performance under Pressure
Military members are trained to perform under pressure with tight schedules and limited resources. This type of training allows them to stick with projects, even during high stress situations, and meet strict deadlines, all while staying focused on the organizations main objectives.

Technical Expertise
The military uses some of the most advanced technology and it is constantly adapting to new innovations. Military members are continuously trained on the newest tools and understand the need to be up-to-date. This is beneficial for organizations as we continue through the digital age and look to automate more processes in an effort to run our organizations more efficiently and effectively.

Integrity
Members of the military have a high level of integrity and can help foster integrity at your organization. They work hard and understand the value of honesty, sincerity, and trustworthiness. These characteristics are something every organization strives to achieve in their culture. Creating a culture of integrity helps retain your current employees, attract new hires to your organization, and provide quality service to your clients. Military veterans can help foster integrity at your organization.

With military members in the civilian workforce, organizations can broaden their overall workforce characteristics. Military members are trained to master these characteristics and adapt to any situation, making them great employees for your organization. If you are looking to add more military veterans to your organization, use this link to find new recruits.

This DATIS Blog was written by Carley Donovan, DATIS, on November 10th, 2016 and may not be re-posted without permission.

Written by Carley Donovan