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V38 Blog: RAND Military Workplace Study

By Adm. Michelle Howard
Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Shipmates,

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the RAND Military Workplace Study and why it’s important to me.   The Study is a survey that asks questions about your individual workplace conditions.

As a leader, I believe that every Sailor deserves a responsible, professional and safe work environment.

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2014) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard address Sailors attached to Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station North Island.
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2014) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard address Sailors attached to Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 during an all-hands call at Naval Air Station North Island.

It’s through surveys, like command climate surveys you take at the ship or squadron level, that we as leaders understand whether we’ve created the environment that allows each of you to succeed.

The surveys give you a voice.   If things are good, leaders like to know.   If things are not good, leaders need to know.   Information gives leaders the opportunity to keep things good, or make improvements.

The RAND Military Workplace Study is a confidential survey, and not all of you will be asked to take it.  If invited, I ask that you remember our core values and have the courage to honestly answer the questions.   I will listen if you choose to speak.

As I visit many of you throughout the Fleet, I am continually impressed by all of you.   You are patriots serving our Country.  You have embraced the CNO’s Tenets: “Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.”  I believe the foundation of supporting the tenets is our ability to take care of ourselves and our Shipmates.   The RAND Military Workplace Study allows us to do just that.

V38

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