TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is honored to be named VETS Indexes Recognized Employer in the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The award showcases the organization’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community.
“TDS Telecom has demonstrated a commitment to recruiting veteran and military-connected employees, and then helping them grow and develop into leaders,” said George Altman, managing director of VETS Indexes.
For veterans who work at TDS, they receive Veterans Day off or the option to take another day. TDS also hosts a Patriot Associate Resource Group that brings together veterans and first responders, along with their family members, as a support network.
“We are incredibly proud of our veterans who work here,” said Kathy Cefalu, vice president and chief human resources officers of TDS. “While serving our country, they made tremendous sacrifices, and we are so grateful for what they did to protect our freedoms. At TDS, we are honored to receive this recognition.”
“As more and more employers recognize the cutting-edge technical skills and soft skills veterans bring to the workplace, the race to attract military-connected talent gets increasingly competitive. The number of organizations participating in the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards more than doubled since last year – but even in this highly competitive environment, TDS Telecom distinguished itself among veteran employers and should be commended,” Altman said.
This year, a record number of 239 organizations participated in the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, more than double the 118 participants in 2022. Of those, VETS Indexes recognized 200 organizations across the following award levels: 5 Star Employer, 4 Star Employer, 3 Star Employer, and Recognized Employer. Not every responding organization made the cut – only those that demonstrated a strong commitment to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses. Participating organizations included companies large and small, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, colleges, and universities.
As the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of veteran employers, the VETS Indexes Employer Awards program has set a new standard in veteran employment data. Our award results have been featured on CNBC, as well as military-specific outlets, including Military.com. This in-depth survey and recognition program analyzes employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes in detail, across the following 5 categories:
- Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring
- Veteran employee development and retention
- Veteran-inclusive policies and culture
- Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves
- Military spouse/family support
For more information on the process and methodology behind the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, please click this link: https://vetsindexes.com/employer-awards-methodology. To register and participate in the upcoming 2024 VETS Indexes Employer Awards competition, please click here: https://vetsindexes.com/employer-awards/.