City to spend up to $15K to sur­vey staff

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

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.


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