Awards are a big deal in the military. Giving them out is one of the most common ways of acknowledging positive behavior. Your business can capitalize on this by adopting the habit. Major accomplishments should always be celebrated, of course, but you can also reinforce good work by praising smaller achievements
When your new employee was in the military, they were consistently and publicly rewarded for meeting objectives and going above the call of duty. Veterans are also accustomed to clear direction so that they can advance in their careers and increase their pay. They need a high-touch approach as they transition to your workplace, and this blog contains a few steps to take to ensure you are providing a peer network that will give that same direction to increase retention rates at your company.
Common sense and thoughtfulness are really all you need to welcome a veteran as a new employee and to create a climate where they can easily ramp up into a productive mindset as soon as possible. Many of these ideas are probably in place at your business. Keep in mind that veterans are transitioning from environments dictated by discipline, clear direction and daily structure and that they are accustomed to strong connections with family, community and employer/supervisor.