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Esprit de Corps - (source page here)
The workplace climate resulting from a combination of organizational pride and employee morale.
- Organizational pride is the positive feeling experienced by employees from being part of a meaningful team that is rich in history, tradition and culture.
- Employee morale is the feeling experienced by employees based in part on their perception of being valued by the organization, fairly compensated and performing meaningful work.
The definition turns Esprit de Corps into a simple formula and defines parts that comprise organizational pride and employee morale.
Esprit de Corps = Organizational Pride + Employee Morale
Esprit de Corps is the key to a healthy organization and engaged employees.
Honor First is foundational to the Border Patrol's organizational pride and integral to its Esprit de Corps.
- This document, written on February 5, 1918, by Father and future Chief of the Border Patrol, Frank Berkshire provides a 10-page summary of the status of the border. He writes about the main areas from the Gulf of Mexico to California.
- This February 2, 1926, document contains a photograph of an early snowmobile that was in use in Newport, Vermont.
- On February 4, 1929, Assistant Superintendent Antonio Bonazzi of the Montreal District would write a memo that is full of interesting information.
- The district was HQ’s in Canada.
- As a reminder, with the passage of GO61 in 1926, an Assistant Superintendent was the highest-ranking uniformed position in the Border Patrol. See the insignia here.
- The first person rated in the document is Willard Kelly who would be Chief of the Border Patrol 1933-1943. Kelly would become the first Chief to have first been a Border Patrol Inspector. Here is his June 21, 1924, Oath of Office.
- As a clear demonstration of Immigration Service hierarchy, an employee would be promoted from a Border Patrol Inspector to an Immigrant Inspector.
- On January 31, 1939, in response to a request from the Central Office (HQ) to send an inventory of all badges and cap insignia, two districts completed their reports; the Seattle District and the St. Paul District. The San Antonio District would complete their report on February 3rd.
- I find it very interesting to see that sub-districts (sectors) only contained 3 official positions: Chief Patrol Inspector (CPI), Senior Patrol Inspector (SPI) and Border Patrol Inspector (BPI). Only one position between a CPI and a BPI. Fast-forward to today, how many positions are between a CPA and a BPA?
(Follow this link to see examples of USBP employees Upholding Honor First)
- An organization’s values are codified in its awards system. Recognizing the achievements, service and heroism of employees is important. It is critical for those in positions of leadership to value the workforce. Awards are a fundamental manner for leaders to demonstrate appreciation to the workforce for upholding the organizational values. – U.S. Border Patrol Honorary Awards