NEW YORK — (July 30, 2012) Families and Work Institute (FWI) announced today the winner and honorable mention recipients of the Work Life Legacy Military Award and noted other promising practices for hiring and supporting transitioning service members and their families.
With more than 2 million military veterans expected to transition to the civilian workforce by 2016, the need for supports and opportunities for this community has become a national issue. According to Admiral Michael Mullen, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and member of FWI's Board of Directors, "Our veterans are returning home to a tough economy, and yet, they are of an extraordinary generation with great potential to continue to make a remarkable difference in the workplace."
Deborah Mullen, Military Family Advocate and member of FWI's Board, emphasizes that, "The past eleven years of war have seen unprecedented service and sacrifice by our nation's military families. Many have endured long separations fraught with anxiety over the safety of their loved ones serving in harm's way. As these families return to communities across our country, we should recognize their service and sacrifice and make every effort to help them achieve a successful transition."
In response to this growing workforce challenge and opportunity, Families and Work Institute created the Work Life Legacy Military Award. "This is the only award of its kind that includes not only hiring and retaining initiatives, but also the supports that companies are providing to service men and women and their families during this transition," said Ellen Galinsky, President of Families and Work Institute. "In addition, we established this award to encourage other organizations in supporting military families in transition as a key element of their talent management strategy," said Michael J. Carey, FWI Board of Directors Chair.
"Acknowledging companies committed to helping our veterans and their families and highlighting corporate best practices are critical — that is why this award is so important," said Ken Barrett, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors and Captain, U.S. Navy (retired) who most recently served as Under Secretary of Defense's Acting Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity.
The four winning organizations and four honorable mention recipients will be formally honored on September 19, 2012 at FWI's annual Work Life Legacy Award dinner at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York City.
The winners are:
Bon Secours Virginia Health System
For their model training program (recognized by the Naval School of Health Sciences) of 1,500 military radiology students that could lead to job opportunities in the health system after completion of military service; for their implementation of workplace flexibility to meet the work and family needs of transitioning employees and their families; for their management training and EAP programs that educate and support managers on how to assist employees during the transition from the military to Bon Secours; and for their monthly employee newsletter (Good News) that frequently highlights how military employees are integrated into the staff in a welcoming way, focusing on their value.
For creating Citi Salutes, a one-stop resource for the military community and workforce to access career opportunities, money management tools and financial capability resources; for the success of Citi's North America Service Initiative, which has trained and mobilized more than 500 Citi employee volunteers in 14 sites around the country to assist transitioning service members and their family members; and for the mentoring programs established by Citi's businesses and the company-wide Military Veterans Employee Network to provide new service member employees with experienced managers who can serve as guides during their transition to the civilian workplace and throughout their careers with Citi.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
For their comprehensive and coordinated approach that includes dedicated hiring teams and relationships with military bases, recognizing the unique assets and needs of veterans, Guard and Reserve; for launching the 100,000 Jobs Mission Opens third party site disclosure in a new window coalition with ten other firms now grown to 59) to collectively hire 100,000 service members, including wounded warriors, by 2020, and raise national awareness of the issue; for their "high-touch" recruiting practice that ensures that every veteran applicant receives a call within five days to discuss their resume, opportunities and next steps; for developing and participating in training (The Corporate Battlespace — an Essential Primer for the Newly Hired Military Veteran) and mentoring programs to bridge the gap between military and civilian cultures; for promoting the economic growth and development of veteran-owned suppliers; for co-founding the Institute for Veterans and Military Families with Syracuse University that houses educational programs such as the entrepreneurship bootcamp for disabled veterans; and for supporting the tuition-free Veterans Technology Program at Syracuse's School of Information Studies for post-9/11 veterans seeking careers in information technology in large corporations.
For their strategic partnerships with more than 30 veteran-focused organizations; for their Military Hiring and Transition Initiative and their Military Talent Management team — staffed and led by veterans — that is responsible for every aspect of their work from hiring, to onboarding, to mentoring and professional development including a preferential hiring priority for veterans and military spouses; for creating rewarding entry-level hiring models with development opportunities like the Property and Casualty Claims Team for military members recently separated active duty; for building leadership training models such as the Junior Military Officer Career Development Program; for establishing complimentary support and culture programs such as VetNet — an internal community for veterans and military spouses; for their military acumen training targeting new employees and annual military training requirements for leaders; for benefit offerings assisting the military family such as military spouse Work From Home opportunities and flexible leave options addressing the specific needs of military family members.
The honorable mentions are:
For their pro bono consulting to organizations such as the USO on their Warrior and Family Centers, aligning Deloitte resources and expertise with military needs; for the Armed Forces and Ability First Business Resource Groups and the Veteran Practitioner Program that support veterans and their families by, for instance, pairing new hires with experienced practitioners; for their customized and flexible model for career development — Mass Career Customization — that meets the military community's need for flexibility; for their liberal leave and benefits policy that allows Deloitte practitioners who volunteer or are called for service to honor their military commitments; for assigning a Deloitte buddy to each applicant to the Junior Military Officer Recruiting Program, introducing them to a forum of former JMOs working at the firm and offering chosen candidates positions within two days; and for their Wounded Warrior Spotlight, a monthly newsletter from their Talent Acquisition group highlighting the experiences and skills of these individuals to hiring managers and other leaders.
General Electric Company
For its goal to hire 1,000 veterans a year for the next five years; for the GE Veterans Network with its commitment to running 50 Transition Assistance Workshops in 50 cities in the coming year with one-on-one coaching by GE veterans who have successfully made the transition into the civilian workforce; for the variety of career paths GE has developed for veterans; and for its 10,000 member GE Veterans Network (reporting progress quarterly to the CEO) that recruits fellow veterans, serves as their sponsors, helps local leadership understand the value veterans bring to the workforce and supports the families of deployed GE employees.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
For having a significant proportion of their external hires in 2011 be veterans; for supporting more than 65 organizations that provide a variety of services including transitional housing and education for wounded warriors and employment and professional development resources, tools and direct assistance to veterans and their families; for raising awareness about supporting veterans, wounded service members and their families with a dedicated recruiting team within Corporate Talent Acquisition; and for their Transitioning Military Careers Website and "Military Connect" avatar and Group on LinkedIn.
For their Veterans Advisory Board that develops military and veteran employees and represents veterans' issues to Senior Management; for their virtual outreach to service members overseas and their spouses allowing preparation time for the pending transition to the civilian workforce; for directly visiting military bases in their dedicated recruiting efforts; and for their specific EAP supports for military members and their families.
In addition to the eight honorees, the following eleven organizations will be thanked at the September 19th event for the promising practices they have instituted: Bank of America, Bright Horizons, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Care.com, Cornell University, Deutsche Bank, FINRA, Merck, Northrop Grumman and the University of Phoenix.
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About the Work Life Legacy Awards
The Work Life Legacy Award was created to capture the stories of those who have created the work life movement. By documenting the history of this movement and by paying tribute to its leaders, Families and Work Institute hopes to witness the past and inspire the future.
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