Some think of Memorial Day as a three-day-weekend to mark the beginning of summer; however, it’s a day reserved for the remembrance of our nation’s heroes.
We are forever grateful for those that make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. You will never be forgotten. And to those that continue fighting for our freedoms, we thank you!
For us at Sharp Decisions, Memorial Day took on a new meaning to us on March 13, 2013 – the launch of our V.E.T.S. Program. This was something we created after recognizing that one of corporate America’s biggest challenges, the ability to have employees work as a cohesive team, is a hallmark of the military.
We quickly understood that service members are responsible for understanding, operating and maintaining some of the most complex systems and technologies in existence today. This is what allows them to work under pressure, prioritize the needs of the team, communicate directly, and review and evaluate their work to achieve continuous improvement.
And, in this quickly transforming political and economic landscape that seeks to reduce the effectiveness and role of H-1B visas in American business, military veterans enable American businesses to access a new source of highly trained talent for important technology roles.
The veterans, however, were not the only ones learning from the program. In fact, the insights we gained from our first deployments began to reshape the V.E.T.S. Program and, ultimately, how we operate as a company.
Our V.E.T.S. Program has created a new kind of culture born of private-sector innovation but raised by military insight, discipline and adaptation. It is a new, unique and winning approach.
As we’ve grown the program and our business, we noticed we were learning as much from the veterans we were hiring as they were learning from us. We’ve institutionalized these learnings into an operational blueprint that contributes significantly to our success and the success of our client engagements. It is a unique and powerful model that, we believe, any technology or business leader will find profoundly useful.
So on this Memorial Day, we remember the fallen as well as those continuing to fight for our freedoms, but we are taking it a step further. You want to thank them? Hire them. They’ll transform your organization in ways you never could have imagined.