Our reader poll today asks: What’s your view of how veterans are treated in your organization?
- They’re highly respected and we see them as a diverse population that needs help 21.78%
- They’re respected and we know they’ve faced some challenges but are basically equal to everyone else 45.97%
- They’re not seen or treated any differently than any other employee 29.84%
- They’re looked down upon and we make it tough for them to advance 2.41%
Veteran talent and challenges. The vast majority of you report the veterans in your organization are respected and treated fairly. For the 22% of you reporting they’re seen as a diverse population that needs some help, your conclusions are well grounded. There’s a comprehensive report authored by LinkedIn that highlights the talents veterans bring to their organizations and also the challenges they have to overcome in their careers. They’re routinely undercompensated and face larger advancement challenges than their civilian peers. It’s worth taking a moment to understand this untapped population and see where you can make your organizations more veteran-friendly. You might be surprised by some of the disparities that exist. For the 78% of you who report not treating veterans differently, you might be surprised by the challenges they face. Tapping into this population and helping them catch up to their peers could have a significant positive impact in your company.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.