North Ayrshire Council has found that staff are more positive about the future and more confident about the way the local authority is progressing, according to a new employee survey.
asked staff for their views on two specific areas - Leadership and
Management of Change and Communication within the Council - which had
been highlighted as areas of concern in a comprehensive survey
undertaken two years ago.
On Tuesday (June 17), senior SNP
councillors in the decision-making Cabinet will hear that engagement
among staff has increased by 10% - from 55% to 65% - since 2012, at a
time when many public sector organisations have struggled just to
A North Ayrshire spokesperson said, “Employee
engagement is an important part of the Council’s work and seeks to
ensure staff feel they are valued, are keen to think about how they can
improve services, help other members of staff and promote a positive
attitude to work.
“The survey demonstrates that Council
employees have seen significant improvements in two key areas –
leadership and the way change is being managed by the Council and the
quality of the communications made in the workplace. These subjects
formed part of the original 2012 questionnaire and were considered by
staff to be in most need of attention.”
According to the
spokesperson, “The most significant improvement flagged-up by the new
survey’s findings was in relation to employees' confidence that senior
Council directors and managers have a clear vision for the future. The
latest survey showed an increase to 40.3 per cent, a rise of 14.3 per
cent on the 2012 results.”
was a similar increase in employees’ confidence in the ability of
directors to manage the Council’s budget and spending at a time of real
financial challenge caused by cuts to public spending imposed by the UK
Government in London.
A total of 2,129 employees returned the survey, which represents 31.8 per cent of the Council workforce.