City to spend up to $15K to survey staff
City council last week approved spending up to $15,000 to commission a workplace climate survey of employees.
The project came at the request of Councilman Jerry Clifton.
“It’s important for us to get a handle on how our employees view their working environment,” he said.
The city has seen sizeable turnover among employees in the last two years, especially among top management employees.
The survey will ask employees a number of questions about their work environment, including their perceptions of city council.
“I think that’s equally important,” said Clifton, who was one of a few council members who publicly – but unsuccessfully – called for layoffs of management employees late last year.
The city will contract with a thirdparty company to develop and administer the survey in an effort to ensure employees that their anonymity will be protected. The results will be sent to council to review.
The survey will include the city’s approximately 250 full-time employees, plus part-time workers and former employees from the past three years.
Tom Coleman, acting city manager, said he has not yet selected a company to hire but added that the estimated cost is between $9,000 and $15,000.
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this for the management team going forward, especially with the new city manager coming in here,” Clifton said.
Councilman Stu Markham concurred.
“This is a fairly typical action within companies to figure out the feelings of their employees,” Markham said.
Council approved the expenditure unanimously.