No matter how many times
we do it, moving can be difficult. Good sponsorship can often make the difference between a good and bad move.
Good sponsorship can:
Reduce the culture shock virtually everyone
experiences when coming to a new area.
Increase your unit and team work productivity by
getting the newcomer and his/her family settled in quickly.
Improve the unit morale by solving little problems
before they become BIG administrative headaches.
If the newcomer is married, you will be helping a
whole Coast Guard family.Moving
can be especially stressful for a spouse and children.
As a sponsor, you provide the personal touch.Here are some key points about being responsive and making the
newcomer feel like an important part of the team:
Think of the kind of help that you would want if
you were making a move.Also,
remember each situation is different and not everyone wants and/or needs
the same assistance.
Personalize your approach based on your style and
Listen!!! Many times a newcomer can reduce their
stress level just by having someone to talk to who is “already there” or
who shows an interest.
Be open and honest but try to stay positive.Let the newcomer form their own opinions about the unit,
co-workers, and the local area.
If you miss a call from the newcomer, always call
back the same day if possible.
This is considered an official call and can be placed from the unit
Tell the newcomer when it is a good time to
contact you.Also, tell him/her
if you are going TAD or will be unavailable for a period of time and who
they can contact while you are gone.
Be a sponsor for the entire inbound family.Ask questions about the family, their background, and likes or
interests.You can involve your
own family in the sponsorship by having them write letters to the new
If you don’t know how to respond to a particular
issue, seek assistance.You can
contact the Work-Life Staff, your supervisor, the support staff, the
administrative yeoman or your executive officer for guidance or
Stay connected with the new arrival for a few
weeks.Check on them to ensure
they are settling.