OHSU helps veterans with employment training program

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has developed a new training for employers that teaches supervisors how to support and lead veterans in the workplace.

The "Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training" program emphasizes the unique skills and challenges that veteran demographics bring into the workplace.

Doctor Leslie Hammer says the training educates employers on what are called "soft skills," which include a willingness to listen to the challenges of juggling work and military service, taking time to learning about an employee's military service, and providing flexibility in the workplace so service members can attend medical appointments or fulfill their reserve service.

“What we have seen in our prior research is that when we implement this training and training supervisors in the workplace, that employees report improved health, improved well-being, improved engagement and satisfaction. And we also see increases in performance on the job,” said Dr. Hammer, of OHSU’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

An estimated 200,000 post 9-11-2001 veterans join the workforce every year, some of them entering for the first time since their service.

The training is online and free.

Hammer says supervisors at more than 30 Oregon businesses and agencies have implemented the training and are seeing success.

Hammer says this training never existed before.

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