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Together We Stand
Peter Larkins is quick to tell you the transition from military
life to the business world is not always easy.
A former Marine officer, Larkins has been with Duke Energy
for seven years and considers it a great place to work. Now,
he’s on a new mission: helping other former military personnel
find employment at Duke Energy. Larkins is the chair of
“Together We Stand for Our Veterans” – a new Employee
Resource Group (ERG) at Duke Energy.
“Together We Stand” provides support and networking
opportunities for servicemen and servicewomen, as well as
relatives of those who serve. In addition, the group assists
Human Resources with their military recruitment efforts.
During 2014, around 10 percent of the company’s new hires
self-identified as veterans.
“When you go from a very structured culture to one with
more choices, it can be a tough move for some,” said Larkins.
“‘Together We Stand’ allows members to bond with each
other and build relationships that can ease that transition and
Larkins recognizes the importance of retaining quality employees.
“It’s not enough just to hire former military personnel,” he
said. “You have to create a culture that is welcoming to
employees. Those who served in the military have a lot to
give. We must create a culture that brings out those talents.”
Overall, Duke Energy has seven ERGs, celebrating the
differences among employees from all backgrounds as it
seeks to foster an inclusive work environment.