Toolkit helps employers hire military veterans
Many employers are more than willing to hire military veterans. But many concede that they do not know all they need to know to effectively find and hire them.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has published a toolkit that can help companies learn what they need to know to make their hiring practices military friendly. The toolkit, Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer, written by Sherrill Curtis, SPHR, principal and creative director for Curtis Consulting Group, a New Jersey-based HR consulting practice, guides HR professionals and business leaders in how to source, assimilate and support military-connected talent — veterans, National Guard, reservists and their supporting family members — effectively in the workplace. It describes how to assess an organization’s culture and resources related to military-connected employees and how to develop initiatives that will fulfill the organization’s needs best.
“The transition from a military to a civilian career can be daunting,” writes Curtis. “Upon returning home, service members think primarily of reconnecting with their families and getting some much-needed rest as they try to acclimate to a ‘normal’ home-life routine.”
But she adds, “While service members transitioning out of the military may receive information during debriefings about potential job assistance and resources, there is no formal, mandatory career transition training program for all services.” Consequently, they typically sign papers and return home without training on how to take that next all-important step in their careers.
The toolkit outlines 10 steps employers can take to make their hiring practices military ready, the first of which are to understand the issues and challenges that this population faces and to build a business case for hiring these highly-skilled professionals. Curtis writes that programs with the continuing support of so-called executive “champions” are most likely to gain traction, including gaining necessary time, talent, budget, equipment and space.
Other useful information detailed in the toolkit includes:
• Information on tax incentives available for hiring veterans;
• Tips on understanding military ranks, job titles and terminology;
• Advice on how to effectively interview veterans;
• Advice about on-boarding and assimilating veterans back into a civilian workplace; and
• Citations of successful employers, government and nonprofit resources and many other references for assistance.
“Remember that taking action, even if it may appear on the surface to be nominal, has great impact for those who directly as well as indirectly benefit. Though the intended purpose of sharing this information is to reach out to and engage military talent — those who served abroad and at home — the resulting strategies, flexibility and community that evolve from your actions serve to create a work environment that benefits all talent,” Curtis concludes.
Theresa Minton-Eversole is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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Industry confidence index declined in April
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s AHMA Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index’s Current Situation Index declined in April to 308.3 from a high of 350.0 in March (April 2008 = 100), while the Future Expectations Index also fell to 239.7 from 298.3.
In comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 74% of respondents said sales were higher in April versus year-ago levels, down from 84% in March. For April, 4% reported sales were even, and 22% said sales were below year-ago levels.
“Our members continue to report current sales levels better than year-ago levels, indicating that the economy is moving in the right direction,” said Timothy Farrell, president and CEO. “However, with important segments of our industry still struggling, such as housing with new home sales at around 300,000 units per year versus over 700,000 units in 2008, it is obvious that we still have a long way to go before we can enjoy the benefits of operating in a truly dynamic economic environment.”
Looking forward six months, 62% of April respondents said they expect sales to be above current levels, down from 84% in March. In April, 35% of respondents said they expect sales to be even in six months and 4% expect sales to be below current levels.
Looking forward one year, 77% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 89% who felt that way in March. Fifteen percent of April respondents project sales will be even one year from now, and 8% project sales will be below current levels.
Sherwin-Williams rolls out high-end paint
New York City — Sherwin-Williams marketing executives pulled out all the superlatives and top-drawer adjectives to describe the company’s latest entry in a crowded paint field.
The Emerald Interior and Exterior line of paints, introduced today during a reception at Rockefeller Center, will be a high-end entrant in the mid-$60 per can range.
It’s one of the few high-end entrants in recent years that didn’t use the “paint-and-primer-in-one” angle. Instead, the company’s pitch on the label is “beauty, washability, sustainability.” Emerald Interior is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certified, emits minimal odor and features antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film.
At the same time as it introduced Emerald paint, the company introduced ColorCast Eco Toners, a new tinting system that will not add to the VOC content of any coating when tinted. While current industry tint systems affect paint thickness and consistency, ColorCast Eco Toner colorants maintain the paint’s full body after tinting, delivering thick, rich coats for maximum performance, according to the company.
“These products set an unprecedented standard in paint by driving product breakthroughs in quality and environmental responsibility,” said Steve Revnew, VP product innovation, Sherwin-Williams.
The Emerald exterior paint will sell in the $70-a-gallon range.
The new Emerald Interior and Exterior acrylic latex paints and ColorCast Eco Toners will be available in Sherwin-Williams stores nationwide on July 1, 2012. The company operates 3,400 stores.