It’s May. That means a lot of things to a lot of people, and some of those meanings have changed with the pandemic in full effect and social distancing measures in place. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Memorial Day. Maybe the way we’re celebrating has, but the meaning of the day hasn’t. This day, when we take the time to honor those military members who made the ultimate sacrifice, stands as one of the most sacred days in our nation.
Not every veteran is called to make that sacrifice. Many of them return to the civilian world after years of faithful service, seeking to enter the job market for the first time in many years. For business owners, that means some of the finest professionals in the world are there to join your team. Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but here are 5 reasons you should think about hiring veterans.
It’s often joked that you will never get wealthy in the military. This is very true. Members don’t stay in the military for the money, or even for the retirement. Veterans understand service more than most. Long days, deployments, extended hours, no days off, and response to emergencies are just some of the things that have taught the value of true service to veterans. For business owners, this translates to an employee who understands how to put their ego aside and become a true part of a functional team.
A major component of military service is a culture of accountability. Mistakes and missteps are not seen as things to cover up, but rather they are times when we need to step up and own what we’ve done. Military members live this culture every day because, if they don’t, lives may be in danger. When they leave this accountability attitude accompanies them, making them valuable, honest, and accountable members of your team.
The military is big on developing leaders at all levels. Even the lower-ranking enlisted troops are developed into functional leaders. NCOs and Officers are positional leaders, often having managed units larger than many companies, with bigger budgets and larger mission scopes. That kind of leadership experience and mentality are valuable assets for any organization.
4. Safety and Standards
The mission of the military involves lives. Standards in the military are established to keep people safe and processes running smoothly. Something that veterans understand is that standards and safety make the job run more smoothly and effectively.
Stress can make us either rise to the occasion or crumble under the pressure. Military members are exposed to some of the most stressful conditions on the planet. That exposure makes teaches them valuable lessons about resilience and how to thrive in stressful moments. When things get difficult, veterans tend to respond well. In a constantly shifting world, resilience might be the most important trait.
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Times are changing, but we’re still here for you. As the world undergoes shifts related to the pandemic and its economic impact, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together. That goes for every member of the North Charleston Chamber. Owning a business can be difficult, and incredibly stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us today to learn how the North Charleston Chamber can help you.