Last month I posted about why hiring veterans is one of the best decisions you’ll make for your company. This week, I want to highlight the unsung heroes of our country – those that put in just as much time as their counterparts – our military spouses.
When a member of our armed forces is deployed, their entire family is also called to serve. This is especially true of the military spouse, who often assumes the role of mom, dad, coach, breadwinner, and much more while their spouse is deployed.
They rarely ask for favors or handouts, they don’t take as much recognition, they don’t wear uniforms, but their unemployment rates and statistics shocks me almost as much as the veteran unemployment rate does. Focusing on hiring vets is a passion of mine, but I don’t want military spouses to be overlooked in the process, their service is appreciated just as much.
o 26% unemployment rate
o 25% wage gap between military spouses and non-military workers
o There are more than 700,000 active-duty spouses
o 84% have some college education
o 77% report needing or wanting to work
o 38% are underemployed
If these numbers don’t crawl under your skin and make you want to get up and do something, go ahead and pretend I’m reaching out of this screen and flicking you in the face. These numbers and statistics, for any group of people, is appalling. Military spouses, much like their counterparts, are some of the most loyal and hard working people in our country. Not only that, but they’re surrounded by a community that is built on hard work, honesty and reliability. Who could formulate a more perfect environment for a great employee?
Why Hire Military Spouses:
o They are among the most educated
o They are extremely adaptable
o They are loyal and dependable
o They work very well under stressful conditions
o Military spouses tend to hold the same job for the entire time of their spouses assignment. This averages between 2-4 years compared to just over 1 year average turnover in the private sector
The last thing a military spouse or a veteran is looking for is a handout. They are a proud group to say the least and would rather you give your jobs to someone else if the reason you are offering to them is out of pity or charity. Hiring military spouses simply makes for good business, and in employing them, you will get a hard working, educated, loyal, and dedicated team member.