From your point about other Volunteer Organisations I looked for examples of how they did things. I found the following document very interesting
I found the first part of the recommendations quite poignant!
“Recommendations for National Trust Policy & Practice
- Recognise emotional labour as a key leadership and management skill
Having an ability to remain calm, make volunteers feel valued and listened to, consider their feelings and make them feel a key part of the team is often hard, relentless emotional work but it is one that pays dividends. Volunteers are a highly committed, vocal and often fearless voice in the National Trust but they are also an incredibly valuable resource for these very reasons. Management of volunteers is emotionally complex and needs to be acknowledged as such.”
So is this “21st Century” enough for you? HQRAFAC’s actions seem quite alien to the principles above!
Managing volunteers is very, very difficult. I fully understand this. But managing us only using ultimatums is not good or fair!
Your point about the ACF being in a worse situation and we are now joining them, just shows we are in a race to the bottom!
I am very aware that I volunteer in a disciplined organisation and there are many times I have to do as I am told. But just accepting poor, ill thought instructions without question bodes very badly for the future of this organisation!
We do not have enough staff in the Squadrons in my Wing. Around 6 units do not have an active commissioned Commanding Officer. Compare this to when I was first commissioned, when there was at least two applications for any vacant post, and people had to be a Flying Officer for at least 4 years before consideration for any Command Role.
This document will affect future staffing!