Employee satisfaction team works to improve morale
ESIT members gather to discuss ways to improve morale for Fort Riley employees Jan. 10 at Building 500. The team meets monthly and is comprised of representatives from each garrison directorate. Photo by: Calun Reece, POST.
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Improving the morale and making the Fort Riley garrison the best place to work is the goal of the Employee Satisfaction Improvement Team, according to its chairperson, Jim Hill.
ESIT is a group that was created to advise and make recommendations to the garrison commander and division chief of staff about employee issues and concerns, which influence the general welfare of the federal workforce at Fort Riley, according to the ESIT webpage.
The volunteer-based team began in 2005 and is comprised of representatives from each garrison directorate.
Any issues or concerns a garrison employee might have can be brought to the attention of one of the representatives, said Angela Stewart, management analyst, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, and an ESIT member.
"We bring employee concerns to the team to see if anyone else within the directorates has a concern," Stewart said. "If it's an overall garrison concern, then we to try and figure out how the garrison can help to alleviate any employee-type issues."
ESIT is responsible for several programs to improve the quality of work life for employees. Two of the programs include the Garrison Mentorship Program and Employee of the Month, Quarter and Year Awards program.
Every month, directorates are given the opportunity to select an employee for recognition. The nominations are brought before the ESIT for review and selection. The Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year also are conducted in the same manner.
All nominees for the awards receive a letter of appreciation. Each winner is given a certificate and a cash award.
"The team makes a difference in how we award and recognize the civilians that work on Fort Riley," Stewart said.
The Garrison Mentorship Program, also started by ESIT, is a unique opportunity for garrison employees seeking to grow professionally.
The effort was started when ESIT discovered a need for a mentorship program for employees in grades GS-5 to GS-9, Hill said.
Although the program is tailored for the mid-range grade levels, others interested in participating may as well, he added.
The mentorship assists workers in advancing their careers in the federal system and is a good way to assist employees, which is why ESIT is here, Hill said.
First-time ESIT member, Jackie Kuntz, Directorate of Emergency Services, said the ESIT process is interesting.
"I am looking forward to (seeing) how everything flows, so that I can take that back to my organization … So that we can be full participants in the program," she said.
For more information, visit www.riley.army.mil/NewsViewer.aspx?id=6876 or call an ESIT member at one of the numbers below:
CPAC – 785-239-6080
DES – 785-239-2233
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation – 785-239-2917
Directorate of Human Resources – 785-239-2205
Directorate of Logistics – 785-239-4149
DPTMS (GS) – 785-239-8030
DPTMS (WG) – 785-239-5712
Directorate of Public Works (GS) – 785-239-0446
DPW (WG) – 785-239-6045
Equal Employment Office – 785-239-2595
GSO – 785-240-0647
PAIO – 785-239-2540
Public Affairs Office – 785-239-8851
RMO – 785-240-0133