Honoring 42 Years of Mission Readiness
DEOMI continues breaking new ground five years after moving into new campus
By Bryan Ripple
DEOMI Public Affairs Officer
The DEOCS questionnaire is intended for organizations with as few as 16 members, and is suitable for military and/or civilian personnel. It allows leaders to proactively assess critical organizational climate dimensions that can impact organizational effectiveness. The questionnaire uses the shared perceptions of an organization's members to measure climate factors associated with military equal opportunity (EO) and civilian equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues, and provides an estimate of organizational effectiveness (OE).
In addition, respondents can report whether they personally experienced discrimination or sexual harassment during the past 12 months while at work, indicate the type of discrimination they experienced (e.g., race, sex, religion, etc.), and state whether they took action following the incident of discrimination or sexual harassment (e.g., reported it to an EOA/EEO representative or the supervisor, confronted the offender, or filed a formal complaint). Finally, respondents can report their level of satisfaction with how the issue of discrimination or sexual harassment was resolved, using a five-point (Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied) scale. The DEOCS also allows commanders who utilize it to specify as many as 10 locally-developed questions to get more granular information on their units.
Commanders at all levels realize what an important tool DEOCS is to their commands.
"Taking care of people is a fundamental responsibility of all leaders. The DEOCS Command Climate Survey is an effective tool to assess the health and well-being of a command. The survey contributes to mission effectiveness," said Admiral Tim Keating, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.
Following the release of the first version of the online DEOCS in 2004, 1,326 individual units requested the survey, providing valuable feedback about their commands' climate to leadership. In comparison, 3,622 units made the request in 2008, an increase of 173 percent.
After students graduate from training at DEOMI, the institute provides them and their commanders valuable reach-back capability through the DEOMI Resource Network, or DRN, which is a resource available on the DEOMI.org Website. The DRN is a ready reference site, easily navigated by customers to find materials in support of the EO, EEO, diversity, cultural readiness programs throughout DOD.
"The change in scenery and the upgrading of our facilities is a very good thing. What has not changed - and what will never change as long as there is a need for DEOMI - is our focus on mission readiness, and on the indisputable fact that an effective and fair equal opportunity program is a real force multiplier," said Dr. William Yates, DEOMI Dean of Education.
Whether students receive training at DEOMI's campus in Florida or from members of the Institute's Mobile Training Teams at locations around the world, they can be assured they'll benefit from instructors who are experienced and knowledgeable educators. DEOMI is committed to Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity, facilitating opportunities for the employment and advancement of underrepresented groups in the workforce, and removing barriers in personnel systems and practices.
For more information about the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, please visit the DEOMI website.