ISS1 2018

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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ESGR – The Military's Middle Man The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most difficult seasons on record with three major storms making landfall in the U. S. within four weeks. As a result, nearly 1,300 reservists have answered the call, playing essential roles in the Coast Guard's successful response and recovery operations. The majority of these reservists left their civilian jobs with only a few days' notice, providing precious little time for their employers to address any short-term needs prior to leaving. This reality can lead to damaged relationships between an employee and their employer if not properly managed by the reservist before, during and after an event. One of the best resources available for navigating the sometimes challenging relationship between reservists and their employers is the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This volunteer-led organization is invaluable to the development and promotion of strong relationships between reservists and their employers. ESGR representatives do this through proactive outreach to employers. As a neutral party, they clearly explain the rights and responsibilities of both the service member and their employer. ESGR also holds "Boss Lifts" where employers spend a day with reservists from each of the military services. These opportunities help employers and supervisors understand what their employees do when they are away from their civilian occupation for military duty. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, Wash., hosted a Boss Lift last summer providing an opportunity to build relationships between reservists and their employers. Lt. Kevin Adams, a reserve marine inspector stationed at the sector, attended the event with his employer, Arne Abrams of Trident Seafoods. For the last three years, Adams has been a sales and production coordinator for the Seattle seafood company. "Whenever a company hires a reservist, there may be some issues with scheduling, but I am getting a lot of things in the bargain that we did not realize as a company," said Abrams. "The reservist brings existing skills that bring value to the organization, so it is a win-win for everybody." Adams found a number of ways to integrate his military experience with his civilian duties. "I've learned a lot about leadership as a team leader that I was able to apply at work. In the Coast Guard, we have a concept called "one team, one fight", which is the same for my work at Trident," said Adams. "It's important for everyone to have a clear, unified vision, so we're all on the same page. This really paid off Rese R vist Magazine t he M o R e Y ou k now e mployers look on as crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter M OB i L e Ba Y conduct an ice rescue demonstration at a Boss Lift event in Green Bay, Wisc., Feb. 7. Photo by e ns. Joseph z arlengo. 44 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2018

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