By Scott Shive and Amanda Stamper
The distinction, a first for Lexmark, comes from a leading survey by Victory Media that recognizes companies with the strongest job opportunities and best-in-class hiring and retention programs for transitioning servicemembers and spouses seeking civilian employment.
The Military-Friendly Employer survey results were independently tested by Ernst & Young.
“We appreciate and encourage people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to work at Lexmark,” said John Crandall, vice president and general manager, Worldwide Enterprise Business and Lexmark Global Services. “Being named a Military-Friendly Business reflects the value we place on the skills and experiences of veterans and the work of many to put policies and programs in place that encourage veterans to be part of an inclusive Lexmark employee base.”
Crandall also serves as chairman of Lexmark’s Diversity Advisory Council.
The factors that led to Lexmark’s successful bid are the company’s continued efforts to recruit veterans; the veterans Diversity Network Group, VALORR; progressive military benefits and leave policies; and global sourcing efforts with veteran-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
Military personnel are often cross-trained in multiple skills and have experience in varied tasks and responsibilities, making them invaluable to any workforce. Strong work ethics, quick and creative problem solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing situations are among the added benefits they bring to the table.
Carl Sullivan, vice chairman of VALORR in Lexington, Kentucky, said, “This recognition allows Lexmark to show that we are serious about our commitment to people who have served in the armed forces.”
For more information on Lexmark’s commitment to helping transition U.S. veterans into the workforce, click here.
For more information on Lexmark’s Diversity Network groups, click here.