Assessing Workplace Perceptions of Military Veteran Compared to Nonveteran Employees

January, 2018

This piece of research sought to understand whether there are differences in how veterans and non-veterans viewed their place of work. Drawing on previous research this study surveyed veterans and non-veterans on their workplace satisfaction. The study found that veteran employees indicated dissatisfaction or concerns around favoritism/unfairness more so than non-veterans. The study concludes by making recommendations to increase veteran satisfaction in the workplace.


Qualitative methods were used to examine differences in workplace perceptions between military veteran and nonveteran employees at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Prior research using employee satisfaction survey data found veteran employees reported a stronger connection to the organizational mission yet were overall less satisfied than nonveteran employees. The authors examined the open-text comments from that same survey to determine whether veteran employees identified the reasons for their discontent and whether these were similar to nonveterans’ concerns. They found that in cases when veteran employees indicated dissatisfaction or concerns, favoritism/unfairness was an overarching theme in their comments, more so than for nonveterans. Pragmatically, given these findings, enhanced vocational strategies for veterans transitioning into civilian employment is one way to socialize them into the new requirements and thus improve veterans’ workplace perceptions. Another approach is to develop organizational leaders’ understanding of military skills and culture to enable a better use of veteran employees’ strengths at civilian jobs.

Full Reference

Yanchus, N. J., Osatuke, K., Carameli, K. A., Barnes, T., & Ramsel, D. (2018). Assessing Workplace Perceptions of Military Veteran Compared to Nonveteran Employees. Journal of Veterans Studies, 3(1), 37–50. DOI:

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