Making It Work
Almost all new employees require some kind of assistance when transitioning into a new organization. Making accommodations for new hires is commonplace in today’s work environments, and often includes things like modifying a schedule so a parent can pick up a child at day care or installing new software for an employee with a hearing impairment. If required, BaseToBusiness can help consult on the transition experience and suggest ways to make it easier.
How to make it work
One of the biggest challenges facing transitioning candidates coming out of the Canadian Armed Forces is a lack of understanding among hiring managers and human resources personnel on the most effective way to attract, recruit, develop and cultivate a robust veteran workforce.
The Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources: Supporting the Employment of Veterans & Military Families contains comprehensive information designed to provide employers with leading practices and strategies to hiring and retaining military veterans.
Making accommodations for employees is much easier than most people think; 46% of required accommodations cost nothing and funding is also available for many that require an investment. And, if you have the right person in the right job, small accommodations make a big difference when it comes to retention.
Transitioning Canadian Forces members who may have a physical disability or mental health condition may or may not require a workplace accommodation. The best solution is to focus on the skills that they bring to the workforce and to not base a hiring decision on the condition. When in doubt, ask what the candidate requires to perform the job successfully.
Sample workplace accommodations may include:
- Changing a desk layout from the right to the left side for a data-entry operator who has a shoulder injury ($0).
- Supplying a telephone amplifier for a computer programmer who is hard of hearing ($70).
- Providing an articulating keyboard tray to alleviate the strain of repetitive motion and carpal tunnel syndrome ($150).
- Providing a specialized chair for a district sales agent to alleviate pain caused by a back injury ($400).
- Providing a drafting table, page turner and pressure-sensitive tape recorder for a sales agent with paralysis ($1,100).