Unit Climate Assessment: Wing receives positive ratings
By Col. Amos Bagdasarian, 129th Rescue Wing Commander
/ Published January 13, 2009
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Everyone should have received an e-mail notification in November about the 129th Rescue Wing Climate Assessment. This shouldn't be confused with the Air Force Climate Assessment, which was a separate survey given during the same time period.
Overall, 54% of the wing participated in the survey. I'm sure you have all heard the phrase, "Your feedback is important." Pretend you're a customer and the 129th Rescue Wing is the company. Our climate assessment functions in the same fashion as a customer survey...it's the unit's tool for measuring the pulse of the wing. Thank you to those of you who participated in the assessment and provided constructive feedback.
I'm proud to announce that our overall rating was positive and beat U.S. Air Force ratings in five of the six categories surveyed, which were cohesion and pride, supervisory support, perceived discrimination, overt discriminatory behaviors, and command EO/EEO Policy. The Air Force category ratings function as a baseline comparison for our ratings.
We were close behind the Air Force average in the motivation and morale category and received an average rating. Question topics were job stress, recognition and rewards, positive influence of leadership, and fair discipline.
There are many ways to improve motivation and morale, so take the time to look at your own organization and figure out what you can do to improve people's mindsets. It's vitally important that people are recognized for their good work. Remember, a simple "Thank you" goes a long way.
After taking a look at our climate survey, I know that our wing is going in the right direction - but there is room for improvement. I view this as an ideal opportunity to make positive change in the unit and set us up for success in the future.
Even though this survey is only administered once every two years, I ask everyone to keep their fingers on the pulse of the wing. If you recognize a problem area, no matter your rank or position, do something about it. Your feedback is important!