SHRM Saluted in White House Blog

By SHRM Online staff Jun 26, 2012
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The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) renewed commitment to recruit, hire and assimilate U.S. military veterans and their spouses into the civilian workforce was saluted in a White House blog post June 25, 2012.

The White House commended SHRM for achieving 100 percent commitment from its 630 chapters and state councils to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service.

In the formal, signed commitment, SHRM chapters and councils pledge to recruit, assimilate and support military-connected talent in the workforce.

SHRM President and CEO Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, CPA, announced that achievement to the 13,000 attendees during the June 24, 2012, opening session of SHRM’s 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta. SHRM Online reported the achievement June 6, 2012.

Achieving that 100 percent support from SHRM affiliates culminates a public awareness campaign that SHRM launchedMarch 2010 to educate its members about the employment and workplace challenges military-connected employees, veterans and their families face.

The White House blog post noted that at the SHRM 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Jackson had pointed out to attendees that 50 percent of its chapters and councils had signed the commitment and urged them to double that number by the 2012 Annual Conference.

They came through.

“Thanks to SHRM and its more than 260,000 members, thousands of HR specialists are ready to accommodate military-connected job applicants and enable companies across the country to take advantage of the admirable traits these devoted new employees bring to the table,” the author of the blog post wrote.

The blog post also points to SHRM’s newly distributed 29-page toolkit, Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer that explains how to effectively recruit, assimilate and support military-connected talent in the workforce.

“We talk often here about forward-thinking employers making special efforts to encourage and support the transition of service members and their spouses back into the civilian workforce,” the author of the blog post wrote. “And its members of SHRM who are doing the work to actually get our veterans hired.”

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