El Dorado County facing HR challenges
Trying to end a “culture of fear,” El Dorado County supervisors are moving forward with an initiative to improve employee morale and investigate potential past violations of workplace policies on things such as bullying, retaliation and nepotism.
More than 1,930 county employees participated anonymously in a survey by Van Dermyden Maddux Law Firm as part of an initiative that aims to assess workplace morale and find ways to improve it.
Supervisors authorized the $140,000 initiative about six weeks ago. The law firm shared its preliminary survey findings at a special board of supervisors session on Monday.
Sixty percent of county employees who responded said they are generally satisfied with their workplace, with 88 percent reporting that their supervisors communicate respectfully and professionally with them. But other frequent comments cited problems with retaliation, harassment, bullying, nepotism and lack of civility, as well as misconduct by elected officials and their appointed department heads.
Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly asked the board of supervisors to strongly commit to investigating those issues. She promised it will be a challenging process from the board down to employees.
“I need to know from the board that you are ready to tackle this culture of fear,” Daly said, echoing a phrase used several times at Monday’s special meeting. “I think it’s unconscionable we have so many people who said ‘I am afraid to come to work because of the retaliation.’ I want to deal with that. But we’re going to be calling out names of people in the future.”
In coming weeks, the law firm will further analyze survey data to look for ...
related story with video of testimony: http://www.inedc.com/1-8533