I’m fortunate to work for a company that puts a great deal of stock in recruiting and hiring our nation’s military veterans. Tyson Foods’ business is filled with diverse disciplines -- from logistics and transportation, to operations, to human resources, to accounting and finance – and some of the best trained, highly-motivated individuals come to us by way of the U.S. military. If they’ve learned how to perform at their best under fire defending our country, it stands to reason they can perform under fire in a commodities driven business such as ours.
It’s important our business continues to thrive. It’s important to for the future of America, for sure, but also for the world. Our company ensures a steady supply of safe nutritious protein is distributed to retail grocers, further processed food makers and foodservice suppliers. All 115,000 of our team members are very aware that what we do is vitally important because we feed people; we feed families just like their own. As we expand our global reach, military veterans, reservists and their family members will play a significant role in our successes.
The team members who come to Tyson Foods from the U.S. military are prepared to roll up their sleeves, they are on task and they are nearly always a perfect cultural fit because they have good, stable values directly related to those of Tyson Foods.
In the coming months and years, we intend to cast our net wider than ever to ensure veterans know about Tyson Foods and want to work with us. A large part of that effort includes leveraging our existing intellectual capital to help with onboarding new team members. A group called the Veterans Business Resource Group within Tyson heads up a program designed to bridge the transition and ensure our new team members are a success. If they’re successful, our company is successful, and if we’re successful, we know our products will be feeding American families and families around the world.
Russell Tooley is Senior Vice President of Corporate and International Human Resources at Tyson Foods.