2 Tower Times February/March 2018 Tower Times February/March 2018 Contents This publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Tower Times On the web at: www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Media/Publications/TowerTimes.aspx 3 FEVS an important tool to sustain, improve District Col. Craig Baumgartner, District Commander 4 New Leaders Graduate from Leadership Development Program 5 Program Manager Recognized for Years of Partnership Work 6 Mississippi Valley Division Commander Visits District Sites 8 for the Future 10 Spotlight on the District Elizabeth (Beth) White 11 Coralville Lake Hosts 3rd Annual Disabled Veteran Deer Hunt 12 Around the District 13 Employees of the Month 14 Safety Corner Spring Weather
February/March 2018 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Craig Baumgartner, District Commander FEVS an important tool to sustain, improve District (continued on page 4) S and implemented to address internal communications and and has become a useful tool to both employees and the
4 Tower Times February/March 2018 FEVS (continued) and anyone who participates has my sincere appreciation On Feb. 13, the Rock Island District graduated 14 employees from the Level 2 Leadership Development Program. Graduates included (front) Michelle Dojutrek, Wendy Frohlich, Kathryn Herzog, Heather Rentz, Margaret Rush, Photo by Samantha Heilig
January 2012 Tower Times 11 February/March 2018 Tower Times 5 dedication to the Upper Mississippi River ecosystem. Hubbell has served as Program Manager for the Upper Photo provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources A of thousands of acres of aquatic habitat and represent a
6 Tower Times February/March 2018 Gen. Richard Kaiser, during his visit to Lock and Dam 16 in February. Photo by Gerrelaine Alcordo Districts navigation mission. Photo by Gerrelaine Alcordo T
February/March 2018 Tower Times 7 Mississippi Valley Division Kaiser (left) tours the Red Rock be manager of the plant once construction is complete. Photo by Gerrelaine Alcordo and dam systems. Kurt Siegle (left), Rivers Levee and Valley Division Richard Kaiser, and Rock Island District along the Mississippi River. Photo by Gerrelaine Alcordo
8 Tower Times February/March 2018 Participation safety becomes a bottom-up systems approach rather than Photo by Jim Trail (continued on page 9)
February/March 2018 Tower Times 9 baseline assessment. This means the processes and tools Next Step been added as part of the new employee indoctrination and will hopefully become the norm for those who are Communications team and will help to ensure that the publication continues to meet the needs of Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program: Civilian Education System Training: Thinking Ahead for FY19:
10 Tower Times February/March 2018 Spotlight on the District contracting process. Her duties focus on helping the District to meet or exceed small business contracting goals assigned by the Mississippi Valley Division and higher headquarters. Photo by Gerrelaine Alcordo A needs. completely understood.
February/March 2018 Tower Times 11 November/December Answer: Winner: Can you name where the photo to the left was taken? If so, send your answer to James.T.Finn@ usace.army.mil to be entered for a prize and be featured in the next issue of the Tower Times. Photo provided by the American Legion.
12 Tower Times February/March 2018 Around the District Retirements ... Breanna Carr Justine Womboldt and her Michael Gehant, Gary Kasprowicz John Punkiewicz Sympathy ... Harold (Lee) Schweiger, 67 Brandon Stevens, 38 both the U.S. Air Force and the Coast Derrick Glisan, 40 Robert Riebe, 78
February/March 2018 Tower Times 13 December 2017 Congratulations to Mike Lindsey January 2018 Congratulations to Mike Walsh
tornado. put as many walls as possible between you and the tornado. and 14 Tower Times February/March 2018 T serious thunderstorm or tornado. This is especially Severe Thunderstorm Watch possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be Severe Thunderstorm Warning Stay inside and stay away from windows and any Tornado Watch: means that a tornado is possible. Tornado Warning: means that a tornado has actually been
Communication Personal well-being Satisfaction Team-orientation Retention P er formance Moral Productivity Employees see increased... Leaders see increased...What are the benefits of taking the FEV?In measuring 2017 satisfaction -My Agency Supervisors Leadership Created District Mobile to stay connected. Distribute Command and Staff meeting minutes to staff. Increase awareness on resources with a newly designed District Intranet. An engagement module integrated into DPMAP rollout. TED has become the system of record for all training and IDPs. Tailored supervisor training focused on difficult conversations and soft skills. Recognized as a Top Best Place to Work. Developed a message We Heard You reflecting the FEV importance. Built Action Plans reflecting areas of improvements and sustainments. Plans :) :)! :/ ... ? :)Your District. Your Voice.Window opens in April 2018!The 2018 FEVS will be your opportunity to share your feedback on leadership, pay, innovation, work-life balance, and other issues. DPMAPTED 2018 Let Your Voice be Heardin the FEV2018What is the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEV)? How Can You Share your Feedback?A powerful tool that helps Leadership and supervisors drive change. This survey allows Employees to be heard and helps our organization remain the employer of choice, attracting and retaining disciplined, competent and professional talent. Participate in the annual FEV Survey. Opportunity to provide opinion to leadership at all levels, about what is going right and what isnt going so well in the organization.Survey Response UtilizedPercent of Employees responding positively on 2017 FEVS about the survey responses enforcing workforce change.In 2017 FEVS, you shared...Internal Communication Supervisor / Employee InteractionNeed for communication among different work units. Increase communication of leaders goals and priorities. Positive feelings of alignment to Army mission and organizations goals and priorities. Desire for increased supervisor development tools and guidance. Appreciation that supervisors treat employees with respect and listen. Challenges in supervisors providing constructive suggestions regarding on job performance.Survey ResultsDesire for survey results to be implemented into the work place. Overall employees are satisfied with the organization. Majority would recommend the organization as a good place to work. 45.1% 78.5% Feelings the agency is a good place to work. Interpersonal relationship between employee and supervisor (includes trust, respect, and support). Perception of integrity of leadership and leadership behaviors.Leadership responded to your feedback with...93.2% 65.7% R Tower Times 15 February/March 2018
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