SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Brianna Schneider, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command human resource specialist, is one of 11 employees within U.S. Army Materiel Command recognized as the organization’s Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
The award acknowledges AMC employees who have demonstrated outstanding performance by progressing a culture of achievement and productivity, contributing to a positive work environment, increasing retention, and improving employee engagement to impact overall morale.
According to her supervisor Lance Davidson, SDDC chief of Training and Development, Schneider excelled in these criterion, making her the perfect nominee for this award.
“Brianna is a highly engaged, proactive, multi-talented, determined, highly skilled, team-and-customer service-oriented Surface Warrior, making a positive difference and significantly contributing to SDDC’s mission and the Army’s number one priority – People First,” he said.
As an HR specialist in SDDC’s Personnel and Manpower directorate, Schneider co-manages the command’s newcomer orientations. She engages bi-weekly with onboarding employees and coordinates with supervisors, sponsors and any sections required to ensure smooth transitions in the workforce. The orientations set the tone and the impression of the command.
“She is consistently recognized by peers, employees, customers, and senior leaders for her superior customer service and extremely impressive performance of her many diversified duties,“ added Davidson.
Schneider also developed the command’s first ever mentorship program, skillfully matching mentors to mentees. This program promotes a positive professional development culture and capitalizes on employees’ skills, talents, and perspectives directly supporting SDDC’s human capital goals in developing the workforce.
When AMC rolled out the Ready Army Civilian initiative, Schneider became the program manager and led the organization through its objectives. SDDC became the first of AMC’s units to complete all 12 of the technical and system requirements and the program gave leadership insight on opportunities to enhance Army civilian skills and competencies in support of Army Readiness.
Schneider’s involvement extends beyond the headquarters as she routinely assists in community hiring outreach programs. She recently contacted five local colleges and universities to advertise for a recent graduate direct hire position, tracked and collected resumes, developed a detailed spreadsheet for all applicants, sent the resumes and spreadsheet to the hiring official, and coordinated with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and hiring official on the selection. The director of AMC’s G-1 lauded her process as a model program.
In efforts to increase retention, Schneider developed exit surveys and projected future attrition rates. She briefed her analysis to the command’s human capital board so changes could be made to keep talent. Along with spearheading the Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys, her analysis of employee engagement helps the command develop actions plans to improve retention.
“From a young age, I never knew exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew that I enjoyed helping others,” said Schneider. “As a human resource specialist, I get to do just that! This job allows me to utilize my skills to create new ways and ideas to assist others to better themselves. Receiving this award has further fueled my desire to continue to do my best to support the mission of SDDC.“
According to Davidson, this is the reason why awards programs are so important.
“We must recognize and reward our exemplary employees in meaningful ways to help build a culture of high performance,” he said. “Brianna is a very valued and loyal Surface Warrior! She is one of the many high performing recent graduates hired at SDDC over the past few years, and has made an immediate impact to sustain and enhance mission readiness.”
Even though Schneider was recognized, she credits much of her work as a team effort.
“I feel very honored to receive this award, especially when I consider all the great team members that I work with at SDDC,” she said. “No matter what the circumstances are, always rely on your team. Without your team, it is often difficult to not get distracted or perform your best work.”