We’ve compiled a list of questions you may have while completing the 2022 survey.
What does it mean to be a Best for Vets Employer?
Completing the survey will make your company eligible to be among the companies ranked in the Military Times Best for Vets Employers rankings. The rankings will be published this summer in print and online and will spotlight the U.S. companies and government agencies that are doing the most to support veterans at all phases of recruitment, employment and retention.
Who is allowed to take this survey?
Authorized representatives of nonprofit, government or private organizations are eligible to complete this survey. We encourage small businesses, mid-market, and large enterprises across sectors to consider participating. Best for Vets rankings this year will include additional opportunities for ranking due to added criteria that will be used for list segmentation beyond Military Times’ prior top 100 employers list.
What if I am unable to answer one or several of the questions?
Respondents will be stuck on any mandatory questions and will get a “Please answer this question” prompt in order to continue. For this reason, we recommend gathering all your info ahead of time to make submission as smooth as possible.
Can I save my responses and return later to complete the survey?
Yes, the unique survey link you receive via email will automatically save your responses. If you share your link with another representative in your organization after filling out what you can, they will see your responses pre-populated as they navigate through the survey.
When is the survey deadline?
The last day to submit the survey is August 15, 2022.
Where and how do I start the survey?
The Best for Vets Employers survey will open on May 19, 2022. To start your submissions, please fill out this form to be added to our distribution list: https://hub.militarytimes.com/bfv-employers-interest/ If you are filling out the form after the survey has opened, please give us 24-48 hours to respond and send you a unique link to take the survey. If you fill out the is form before launch, you will be notified upon launch with a unique link to the survey.
How much time should I set aside to complete it?
The survey is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete if you’ve gathered all necessary information and data ahead of time. This timeframe may vary depending on how you answer certain questions and whether or not you choose to provide us with additional information about your employment services, policies and programs. It is highly advised that you take the time to answer questions as carefully as possible, with review from your HR and/or PR advisers because whatever information you provide in this survey may be published by Military Times in Best for Vets Employers reporting.
What if I left out some information in my responses when I submitted it? Can I go back and make changes?
Your unique link saves your responses automatically as you progress through the survey. Should you take multiple days to complete it, the link will take you where you left off in the survey. We recommend that you do not click submit until you are sure your responses are complete and final. If you submit incomplete or incorrect responses before August 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern, contact MilitaryTimesSupport@forsmarshgroup.com to obtain a retake link where you can edit your responses. If you require multiple POCs to complete the survey, you will need to share the retake link to gather responses. After August 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., all submissions are final.
When will we be notified of the results?
Military Times will publish the Best for Vets Employers rankings in early fall and send out an email to everyone who participated at that time.
What questions should I expect to see on the surveys?
The survey includes a primary focus of the following categories:
- General Information
- Recruitment and Employment
- Retention Support
- Recognition of Service
- Professional Development Support
- Retirement Support
- Inclusive Workplace Practices
- Additional Information
How do I know the lists are valid? What controls do you have in place?
Survey content and strategy has been reviewed by subject matter experts in HR, military-connected employment practices and diversity and inclusion. Additionally, current Guard and Reserve employees and veteran volunteers working in various sectors have also reviewed and provided feedback to the improved 2022 Best for Vest: Employment survey. Survey methodology has been updated to include revised scoring and weighting to ensure accurate reporting of publishable Best for Vets Employers lists.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the survey?
If you need assistance with completing your survey or need to share your responses with another representative within your organization, please contact our survey partner at MilitaryTimesSupport@forsmarshgroup.com. If you have additional questions, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can we improve our Best For Vets status?
It is likely that not all questions/content included in the survey apply to your organization’s current practices. However, we believe that there is always room for improvement and our goal with this survey is to not only acknowledge those who go above and beyond to support our military-connected community, but to also provide an opportunity to respondents to better understand current best practices, where your organizations may be able to improve and expand, and provide public information on the best way to improve your Best for Vets ranking status, is to take note of existing gaps in support, include the community in the development of employment support programming for military-connected employees, and seek out assistance.
How do you review and assess survey responses?
Military Times has partnered with Fors Marsh Group (FMG), the nation’s leading market and consumer research and strategy company. “Fors Marsh Group is committed to “improving the lives, experiences, and opportunities for Service members, veterans, and military-connected communities driven by the company’s ‘Do Better. Be Better.’ Ethos and two decades of dedication to supporting the U.S. Military in research, advertising, and educational efforts,” said Andy Blenkle, FMG’s vice president of corporate communications. Survey updating, analysis and reporting is being directed by Dr. Nicole Togno, research director of the Customer Experience division of FMG. The methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by the Fors Marsh Group research team with input from subject matter experts in HR who focus on military-connected employment practices, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and inclusive workplace policies. Additionally, current Guard and Reserve employees and veteran volunteers working in various sectors reviewed content for accuracy and relevance. Final ratings will be determined by total survey score and select market segmentation.