Radio Station 2ST/Power FM runs a ‘Boss of the Year’ competition each year, to seek out and celebrates the best bosses across the Shoalhaven. Nominees are invited to identify a boss within their organisation who is caring and astute, a good listener and a good communicator and in tune with their people's needs.
Bosses are divided into several categories including Trade, Retail, Hospitality, Defence, Health & Wellbeing, Finance and Tourism. Defence is always a hotly contested category with nominations received from units throughout HMAS Albatross.
Lieutenant Commander Darren Nasato, Commanding Officer of the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre (AJAAC), was awarded the Shoalhaven ‘Boss of the Year’ title this year, in the Defence category. He narrowly beat the Executive Officer of Albatross, Commander Mat Bradley.
LCDR Nasato's nomination described him as “an extremely approachable person with a genuine commitment to the morale and welfare of every member of his staff. In addition to this, he has been able to successfully maintain a balanced approach to ensuring a high level of productivity in his unit.”
His nomination went on to say 'amongst other leaders, the Commanding Officer supports all initiatives that directly increase morale or productivity within the unit. He trusts the competence of all staff members and allows people's creativity to flourish in the workplace.'
CMDR Bradley's nominees said he 'puts his team before himself on a daily basis and he makes you feel that your work is appreciated and that your health and well-being are important to him, and he goes out of his way to make sure we have a happy workplace.'
Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew congratulated LCDR Nasato and CMDR Bradley and commended their nominees for putting their names forward.
"The Boss of the Year Award is one of the few ways for recognition to flow upwards. It allows our people to show appreciation to those in their chain of command, express admiration for their leadership and recognise their efforts. It is also a great avenue for Defence to engage with the local community," he said.