BLUF

Good leaders understand preparation is key, not only to mission success, but also for morale.

Summary

Within the ADF we are expected to deploy, work late and often, or change work programmes with minimum notice. It is part of our professional culture but how often do we take the time to think about the consequences? The Human Resources Director reports on a study conducted by the University of California that found workers who have more reliable work schedules were more likely to be happier than those who do not. Employees who consistently experience unreliable work schedules are also likely to experience negative impacts in the home and in their relationships. The article advocates that staff who received notice of changes to their schedule were likely to be happier. Changes to schedules are inevitable within Defence, such is the cost of providing agility in our responses. The challenge for today's leader is to carve out time in the day to reflect on the mission and deliberately plan ahead and clearly communicate any changes to the team so that neither the mission nor the team effectiveness is effected.  Comment on instances where you've had unreliable work schedules and the impact on your unit/section. How effectively did the unit handle the disruption to work schedules?