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"Insource" Instead of Outsource and Hire Just One Military Spouse

The Military Spouse Employment report of 2014, found that compared to the general public, military spouses have a higher level of education with 35% of military spouses having an undergraduate degree, post-graduate degree or advanced degree.
06/16/2016 07:40pm ET | Updated June 17, 2017
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Hire just one military spouse for remote employment and it can save you more than $15,000 each year, according to a telework calculator provided by TeleworkResearchNetwork.com. For the employer these savings are attributed to employee-related overhead costs. This isn't too good to be true, it's just not mainstream. My mission is different than my husband's Army mission. Mine is to change the rules of employee "engagement" and make remote employment mainstream by asking companies to Hire Just One military spouse for remote employment.

Outsourcing is a corporate phenomenon rising with the increased connectivity of our global world and the demands of cutting employee related expenses. Companies frequently produce outsourced services overseas only to be sent back home for the services to be provided over the internet or telephone. This is done to stay competitive in our changing market by integrating technology, collaboration and global mobility to support our 24/7 economy. We are lucky in today's world in that we are able to harness technology and use it to gain a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, companies aren't utilizing all the technology and talent at their disposal because the processes aren't yet mainstream and therefore it takes some time, energy and resources to fill that void. Remote careers reduce employee-related expenses, channel the technological resources at our fingertips and support our 24/7 economy because regardless of geographic location a remote employee is hard at work.

Finding dedicated and talented employees is a major task and keeping those employees is even more challenging. There is a major push within the corporate sector to find new ways to retain employees who share common values. Companies want to go back to the "old days" of retaining employees through their career lifecycle and have spent millions trying to determine what makes an employee stay. Work/life balance is a top contender and more and more people will take a job that pays less if the position is a remote position because it provides greater flexibility. Jonathan Spira, Chief Analyst at Basex, a New York research firm, estimates companies lose more than $650 billion each year due to employee related distractions at work with employees coming in early and staying late to combat the daily distractions. However, companies see increased productivity from remote employees because the distractions are significantly reduced. The solution is clear, hire dedicated and talented employees for remote employment. Companies task entire HR departments to resolve the disconnect, but the cycle still continues. Stopping the cycle and resolving the disconnect is so simple. Companies need to hire just one military spouse for remote employment to realize the difference.

The Military Spouse Employment report of 2014, found that compared to the general public, military spouses have a higher level of education with 35% of military spouses having an undergraduate degree, post-graduate degree or advanced degree. Yet 85% of military spouses are currently seeking employment. Military spouses are unemployed because we live such a transient lifestyle and consequently traditional careers are nearly impossible. Our world of technological advances goes beyond borders and geographic location. Remote careers are the simple solution to military spouse unemployment and a company's bottom line and retention rate.

There are more than 6 million businesses across America and nearly 1 million active duty military spouses. Companies can still use the outsourcing model to save money, but instead of going overseas to find those remote employees, "insource" and hire America's Military Spouses. Hire Just One military spouse for remote employment and a company will save more than $15,000 each year. Military spouses are inherently committed to our Nation and loyal to a cause, an absolute benefit for employers worried about retention rates. Stop the revolving door and Hire Just One military spouse for remote employment and embrace the technological advances at your fingertips.

Help me help America's Military Spouses and Hire Just One.