25 Feb How to Better Understand the “Transitioning Veterans” Communication Style
Fact, veterans are returning and have returned over the last five to ten years from patriotic service to our wonderful country. These brave men and woman are the foundation on which our country is built on. Without veterans and their sacrifices we would not be a free nation indivisible with liberty for justice and all. They are the backbone of American innovation and the sounding board for future generations. The bottom line is that our veterans make up the fabric of our land, and are the foundation of business enterprise.
How do we do a better job as a society in giving back for the sacrifices they have made? How do we impact a life as an organization and as human beings in a world filled with “me” first? If they were so selfless in their actions on our behalf, shouldn’t we return the favor? Leaders in the Service Industry, Human Resources Departments around the country, and Senior Level Executives/Board Members need to make it a priority to pay it back. This goes beyond an initiative to hire veterans. This is a commitment not only for entry-level jobs, but also for professional jobs with realistic upper mobility opportunities. This is a way of life and there is no substitute for the skills a veteran possesses.
Veterans are transitioning at a rapid pace and they are relying on decision makers to impact their lives starting today. Not in the future but today; immediately. There are veterans who are homeless, injured, disabled, and want to contribute to society. A veteran with a disability is not different than any other applicant or employee. They are just as valuable to organizational success, and providing reasonable accommodations are a good way to help veterans feel valued.
7 Ways to Help Veterans Adjust Back Home
- Speak in a moderate tone
- Do not make sudden or unexpected exaggerated movements
- Give clear and concise expectations
- Reduce wait times as much as possible
- Remain calm while communicating without being condescending
- Explain processes and steps
- Zero tolerance for violence or threats
In closing, there is no reason why we cannot take the time to understand their needs in order for them to be integrated back into the civilian workforce. The steps listed above outline some guidelines that an organization and people can follow when encountering a veteran in order to assist them in there transitioning process. It is the little acts of kindness and appreciation extended to a veteran that really makes all the difference in the world. You have the ability to change lives everyday for one to a million veterans. What will you do to help a veteran who is your family member, neighbor, and fellow countrymen transition?