Opinion: Respectful Workplace – An El Dorado County Oxymoron?
The citizens of El Dorado County have been treated to a barrage of articles over the last year about bullying in the workplace in El Dorado County. We have had 11 HR directors in the last 10 years. And now the Board of Supervisors wants to spend $140,000 to employ a consultant to develop a POLICY that will establish the county as a “respectful” employer? If this kind behavior happened in a public company for 10 years the CEO would be in jail.
Why haven’t the supervisors, the HR directors and the department supervisors dealt with this issue in ten years?
You might make some progress by sending all managers of the roughly 30 departments in the county to a two day training class for about $2,500 per person or about half of what they plan to pay a consultant to create a policy and procedure manual. Who in their right mind would think that hiring a consultant to create a manual is going to change a 10 year old culture? It’s time that both the supervisors and the El Dorado County management wake up to the requirements under employment law in 2014. Management in private companies have to adhere to these rules in the private sector or wind up in court. Why is it ok for a public agency to get by ignoring employment law for 10 years?
And please, don’t throw away $140,000 on yet another consultant to try to fix a problem that should be fixed by the management we are already paying.
El Dorado Hills