All in a day’s work

My workday started at 0445 with a call from the Eighth Army G1 advising that a “phone alert roster drill” was in effect.  This meant that I had to contact all my employees to make sure they could be reached in case of an actual emergency.  I was also instructed to report on my progress every 20 minutes or so.

No problem!  I worked the phones and woke my folks up like a pro.  I had a little math problem though.  I know I have 19 souls in my organization, but for the life of me I could only come up with 18 names.  And then I realized I hadn’t counted myself.  Duh!  Anyway, it took 3 hours but I accounted for all my people.  Mission accomplished!

The other big event in my day was deciphering this:

3.E.3.B. (U) CIVILIAN CORPS INDEX (CI). BECAUSE METHODS OF EFFECTIVENESS (MOE) AND METHODS OF PERFORMANCE (MOP) FOR SO2 ARE RELATED TO BUILDING COHESIVE TEAMS AND A CULTURE OF TRUST, THE OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVE FOR THE CCI IS TO INCREASE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS BY 2% FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THIS FRAGORD AND BY 5% OVER A 5-YEAR TERM. TO REACH THIS GOAL, MSCS TRACK AND ENTER METRICS QUARTERLY INTO SMS. HPO / R2 CHIEF DETERMINES-WITH COMMAND APPROVAL-WHICH CHPC WORKING GROUP TAKES LEAD ON THIS
INDEX ASSESSMENT. ALL DATA COLLECTED IS AGGREGATE./

Yes, I can speak Army, but not fluently.

It was a great day to be an American in the Republic of Korea!

2 thoughts on “All in a day’s work

  1. I found that everything in that paragraph made sense except for the vague phrase “increase positive behaviors.” I have no idea what that means, and that’s the phrase on which the whole paragraph depends since you’re obviously supposed to have metrics that allow you concretely to measure the increase in those “behaviors”—such that you’ll see a 2% increase over the next two years, and a 5% increase over a five-year term (I guess that’s an average of 1% per year). So what does it mean to “increase positive behaviors,”and how do you measure that? I gather that “MSCS” will do the tracking and measuring… but how?

  2. Still a little vague, but “positive behaviors” would include completing mandatory training, engaging in professional development activities, a reduction in grievances, and getting better results on the annual workplace climate survey.

    But first to find the baseline data, some of this stuff isn’t currently measured, Should be fun establishing the baseline.

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