No matter how many times
we do it, moving can be difficult.Good sponsorship can often make the difference between a good and bad
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
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.
approach based on your style and their needs.
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
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
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 family.
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
Stay connected with
the new arrival for a few weeks.
Check on them to ensure they are settling.