Change can sometimes be tough, and adapting to it can be difficult for many of us. However, as members of the Defence Team, there are many tools we can take advantage of to empower ourselves during times of transition, says an expert in organizational change.
“Awareness of change and one’s reaction to it builds resilience and empowerment,” says Marie Drapeau, strategist for Transformational Change at Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources – Civilian).
Everyone is feeling the effect
There are many resources available to help members of the Defence Team face the challenges associated with the current environment. During this time, it is important to take advantage of these resources to preserve a healthy mental, physical and intellectual state in a supportive environment.
It is important to remember, she says, that given the current level of change that is happening within Defence, no one is alone. Everyone will be faced with varying degrees of change, whether it is in the way they conduct their current job, whether in redefining their responsibilities altogether, or whether just as an observer who is watching the impacts on those around them. There are services and programs, such as those listed below, to help, no matter what your individual experience is.
“Sometimes, we are shy or afraid to use the resources out there,” Ms. Drapeau says. “But by using those tools and resources, we become proactive, self-empowered, and more equipped for the next transition. And, yes; change will occur again.”
She acknowledges that it takes a certain level of courage to seek support, but the more people help themselves, the more they will be able to take control of their situation.
Some of the resources available to members of the Defence Team are:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP is a confidential, voluntary and short-term service to help employees and their eligible family members who are faced with personal or work-related problems. Created as a joint union-management program, the department’s EAP has been providing support to employees since 1982. Employees can speak with a DND referral agent during business hours or with a professional mental health counsellor from Health Canada 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information on EAP, visit the EAP intranet site or contact Health Canada directly at 1-800-268-7708.
Member Assistance Program (MAP)
The MAP is a voluntary and confidential service, initiated by the CF to help members (Regular Force, all Reservists, and Cadets) and family members who have concerns that affect their personal well-being and/or work performance.
Defence Learning and Career Centres (LCCs)
LCCs are located throughout the country and offer tools to improve military members’ and civilian employees’ professional skills, advance their careers, or update their knowledge of traditional and new technologies. LCCs provide career and learning services, and training and workshops on various subjects such as change management.
Canada School of Public Service (CSPS)
The CSPS has a range of learning activities and resources to help you succeed in your job and to meet the needs of your organization. It also offers many courses to help you manage change.
Talking to your colleagues can be a great resource because they understand the current environment and can most likely relate to what you are feeling. Find a colleague or a manager with whom you are comfortable talking and use him or her as an outlet. This can be a mutually beneficial resource and can encourage others to discuss their concerns.
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