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The Sky’s The Limit For Power’s Veteran’s Initiative
<span style=”display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;” class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”K6XUOR1575378231″><iframe lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/y1txitRPzS4?start=31&rel=0″ width=”100%” height=”auto” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;”></iframe></span><p>Power currently employs 225 veterans, which represents 8 percent of its workforce, and 13 percent of the company’s new hires are veterans or military spouses.</p><p>Power’s workforce is expected to double in the next five years and veterans and military spouses could make up 15 percent of that workforce, according to Hansen.</p><p>The company will also have better access to military talent through legislation that allows for internship and corporate fellowships for military personnel. Hansen says this will provide an opportunity for mid/senior-level military personnel to do three-month, government-paid fellowships with Power.</p><p>”We can use that three-month fellowship as a bridge to expose them to us and find a better position and customize a position for them with is,” he says.</p><p>Veterans who are with the company for 90 days are eligible for a $3,000 signing bonus to help them with the transition to the job.</p><p>Outside of the Veterans Initiative, Power has a strong reputation nationwide for their focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, and solar and clean technology.</p><p>Hansen says Power is a “growth-minded organization” that’s expanding across the country. The company is headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania and has 16 satellite locations serving in 24 states.</p><p>”We’re really just building the tracks across the country, so as new clean technologies continue to become available, we’re trying to be the best interface for the consumer so they can be at almost net zero or producers of their own energy,” he says.</p><p>The Veteran’s Initiative has played a major role in the company’s success and that success goes back into the initiative. </p><p>”By aligning our military program with a business strategy, we’re actually able to propel our business and the propulsion of the business is allowing us to grow this initiative,” Hansen says.</p><p>Hansen hopes other companies will follow Power’s example and treat veteran initiatives as an essential part of their business plan, and not just a feel-good measure.</p><p>”As a veteran my goal is to show people what we’re capable of and also tell other veterans of what they’re capable of and I think because of that, not only are we changing the narrative about veterans across the country but we’re changing the narrative about veterans to veteran themselves.”</p>
Power Aims To Keep Its Workforce Connected
<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjA5MzcxOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU3Nzc0MjY3OX0.xkOT1HQp8gbMGvHKkyqOUvVbuLeBJ-IZAY-p3cwvcLI/img.jpg?width=980″ id=”68d8f” class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”EM6H491575378231″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Power employees take part in a meeting to discuss the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. Each year as people leave the military, they have the opportunity to do internships with member organizations. Power has participated in this program in our Philadelphia, Texas and Atlanta markets, and commits to taking several candidates per year.” /><p>Power brings portions of its workforce together on a yearly basis during three company summits. One summit focuses on women, another focuses on diversity and inclusion, and the last one focuses on veterans. These summits include leadership training and team-bonding activities, according to Hansen.</p><p>Hansen says Power has a 12-person special events team that works to put together and promote company-bonding/community service events throughout Power’s different territories. Power also ends each year with a company-wide retreat to Mexico.</p><p>”We really try to promote connecting people with each other and their communities and that over time across the aggregate of the company creates this very big groundswell of connection to community and connection to each other,” he says.</p>
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