Day & Zimmermann Identifies Five Valued Traits that Veterans Bring to the Workplace

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 11, 2016 – In honor of Veterans Day, Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), the century-old, family-owned provider of construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world, has identified and released the top five valued traits that veterans bring to the workplace. More than 8 percent of Day & Zimmerman’s workforce is comprised of military veterans.

“We have a longstanding and proud history of employing veterans from all service branches at Day & Zimmermann,” said Sue Passante, Leader of Diversity & Inclusion. “Over the years, we’ve found that veterans bring very distinct traits to the workplace, which make them outstanding employees. When we hire a veteran, we know we’re hiring a leader, a team player and a person who exemplifies D&Z’s company promise and does what they say.”

Based on their military training and background, veterans possess a fully-developed skill set that makes them ideal employees. Day & Zimmermann's Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) has identified those specific traits in a video, and a brief outline of them is below:

  1. Dedication: Veterans are fiercely loyal and committed to their organizations and the people around them. In active service they must put their country and the goals of their mission above themselves. They bring this same mentality to the workplace after service.
  2. Discipline: In the military, one often has to stay on task to stay alive. Extreme focus and an attention to detail can be the difference between a mission accomplished and disaster. In an increasingly distracting world, this is a core skill that every employer can benefit from.  
  3. Determination: In the field, military personnel must be resourceful to achieve their missions. They face unexpected challenges that they have no choice but to overcome. Challenging business tasks often seem small in comparison to the real life challenges that military personnel face.
  4. Directional Drive: Military personnel understand the importance of setting and achieving goals. During active service, completion of their mission is often placed above their own personal well-being. This translates into an understanding of the importance of putting organizational goals top of mind and constantly striving toward realizing those goals. 
  5. Dignity: In the military, personnel must learn to both give and take direction. They must respect their fellow team members and carry themselves with dignity and grace. This makes them ultimate team players and also great leaders. 

In addition to its high veteran employee population, Day & Zimmermann has a number of services it provides to veteran employees including its Veterans Employee Resource Group. This group provides veteran employees with an outlet through which they can discuss challenges and needs that are unique to the veteran population in the workplace. It also serves to educate and raise awareness to veteran-related issues among the broad employee population.

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Founded in 1901, Day & Zimmermann is a family-owned company with a workforce of over 50,000 specializing in construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations with 2.7 Billion USD in revenue, Day & Zimmermann is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, our first work was to develop "Betterment Reports" that helped modernize American factories. Today, we are still in the business of betterment—maintaining the nation's power infrastructure, protecting American freedoms and driving technological advancements around the world. We do what we say.®