Veterans Inclusion Committee
Improve Northrop Grumman’s military veterans retention.
- The Veterans Inclusion Committee commissioned in-depth data analytics on the entire military veteran employee lifecycle.
- Data analytics were developed that explored hiring, representation, promotions, development and terminations of the veteran population compared to the non-veteran population.
- Internal focus groups were conducted around the country to gain qualitative data around veterans trends and issues.
- Consultations with external strategic partners were held to gain insight into veterans inclusion best practices.
- Based on the in-depth analyses, veterans retention stood out as an area of opportunity.
- The Veterans Inclusion Committee (VIC) targeted four focus areas to improve retention: Onboarding, Education and Development, Mentoring, and Community.
- To address the four focus areas, 13 recommendations were proposed and implemented by various functions, including Diversity and Inclusion, HR, Benefits and Talent Management.
- Created a veteran’s new employee onboarding portal.
- Developed a veterans new hire employee packet.
- Created a veterans specific benefits link.
- Communicated executive commitment for our military veteran employees.
- Secured military cultural awareness training for recruiters, hiring managers and employees.
- Developed transition training for military veteran employees.
- Created a Navigator program for recently hired veterans and started an auto-enrollment for our wounded warrior hires.
- Modified our mentoring system so veterans can identify other veterans for mentoring opportunities.
- Enhanced our Veterans Inclusion Committee to include more members and levels within the company, as well as established working teams to ensure accountability of program success.
- Supported our veterans ERG (VERITAS) to build and support the veteran community within the company.
- Held our first annual company-wide Veterans Summit in May, 2017.
- Veterans employment issues to be reviewed quarterly within all business units to monitor and track our success.