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News | Sept. 18, 2023

Agency leaders address Culture and Climate Survey participation in new video

By Beth Reece

The current Culture and Climate Survey marks a pivotal moment for the organization, Defense Logistics Agency Vice Director Brad Bunn says in a new video encouraging employees to share their opinions on the workplace.

DLA ranked in the bottom third of all organizations when it debuted the survey 20 years ago.

“The results were sobering. Like many large organizations, we found we had many challenges,” Bunn says.

Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Alvin Dyer, DLA’s senior enlisted leader, describes obstacles like breakdowns in communication and limited career development opportunities. But the agency went to work resolving those issues by launching action plans to improve areas including training and workforce communication.

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The Defense Logistics Agency Culture and Climate Survey measures employee satisfaction in four areas: adaptability, mission, involvement and consistency.
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“We’ve progressed from being in the bottom third of the Denison performance culture index to the top third,” Bunn says. “Our culture has shifted dramatically for the better, but to keep it that way we need your help.”

Agency leaders hope to achieve a 75% response rate. As of Sept. 17, 40% of employees had completed the survey.

Previous surveys have resulted in such changes as:

  • A virtual suggestion box for DLA Energy employees to ask questions or raise concerns with leaders.
  • Monthly team luncheons on core in-office days to build camaraderie among DLA Installation Management employees.
  • New onboarding materials for those new to DLA Troop Support as well as regular recognition programs.
  • Expanded opportunities for rotational assignments throughout the DLA enterprise.
  • Bimonthly Chat with the Chief sessions and an employee newsletter for those in the DLA Chief of Staff portfolio.

“Your participation is more than just filling out a questionnaire,” Dyer says in the video. “It’s a real opportunity to shape DLA’s future.”