A group of 20 employers have a new appreciation of the work undertaken by employees in a Reservist environment following a Department of Defence-sponsored visit to the Solomon Islands.

Employers regularly take part in Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division's Exercise Boss Lift to gain a greater understanding of the benefits their employees gain from being Reservists and the invaluable service they provide to the Australian and international community.

Many of the employers have employees who have taken Defence leave from their civilian jobs to serve in their Reservist capacity on deployment with Operation Anode, the Australian Government's contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Watch some of the employers discussing their experience here.

Dr. Jeanette Young - Chief Health Officer -Queensland Health

Steve Kimber - Regional Manager (WA) - Schindler Lifts

Steve Hicks - Principal - Birdwood High School

Sebastian Venaille - Business Owner - Spring Cleaning Tree Services

Rodney Cordery - National Operations Manager - Sherrin Rentals

Nigel White - WA Police

Maurice Ferialdi - Town of Kwinana

Mark Dorling - CEO - Schroeder Capital

Mark Bush - President - Western Division Engineers Australia

Craig Mills - MD - Peanut Company of Australia

Chris Watts - Chevron Australia

Christine Faulks - CEO - Canberra Business Council

Anne Skinner - Editor - Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper