'No improvement' in morale at Christchurch council

CONCERNS: Christchurch council offices

CONCERNS: Christchurch council offices

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ONGOING concerns about staff morale at Christchurch council were raised at a recent council meeting.

The Daily Echo published the results of Christchurch council’s staff survey in March, which revealed plummeting levels of staff morale and motivation.

The confidential report detailed a decline in job satisfaction, with staff at both Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, less motivated, compared to 2010 and 2011.

At a full council meeting on Tuesday, Independent councillor Colin Bungey asked deputy leader Colin Jamieson for an update on what progress had been made.

He said: “Following the recent staff survey that made uncomfortable and worrying reading for most members, we were assured that action would be taken to help resolve staff worries and issues that had been highlighted in the survey.

“Is the Deputy Leader able to bring members up to date on what progress if any has been made?”

Cllr Jamieson responded: “Feedback from staff is an important tool in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of our diverse organisation. It is right that we undertook this survey to ascertain the feeling of our dedicated workforce.

“The survey, as you may expect, highlighted a number of issues and as a result action is being taken to address those associated challenges. In particular, an action plan for addressing the issues raised from our survey is now in place and progress is being made by, in particular, the change agents’ group that has been formed comprising of staff across the organisation.

“It is worthy of note that participants in the change agents’ group are enthusiastic about having the opportunity to participate in this process. With the work taking place, I am confident that we will be in a position to demonstrate a significant improvement when we next undertake our staff survey.”

Cllr Bungey asked when the next survey would be taking place as he could see ‘no actual improvement in staff morale or anything else’.

He was told it would be at an ‘appropriate time’.

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11:46am Mon 14 Jul 14

twynham says...

Hardly surprising the staff are unhappy when the leader of the council is only supported by a minority of councillors and had to vote for himself twice to stave off a motion of no confidence.
Hardly surprising the staff are unhappy when the leader of the council is only supported by a minority of councillors and had to vote for himself twice to stave off a motion of no confidence. twynham
  • Score: 26

11:55am Mon 14 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

What must Bournemouth council staff be like then ?
What must Bournemouth council staff be like then ? politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

twynham says...

politicaltrainspotte
r
wrote:
What must Bournemouth council staff be like then ?
Surely the leader of Bournemouth Council doesn't have a group of sycophantic lickspittle supporters.
Oh!
Hang on a minute... ...
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: What must Bournemouth council staff be like then ?[/p][/quote]Surely the leader of Bournemouth Council doesn't have a group of sycophantic lickspittle supporters. Oh! Hang on a minute... ... twynham
  • Score: 11

12:49pm Mon 14 Jul 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
Hardly surprising the staff are unhappy when the leader of the council is only supported by a minority of councillors and had to vote for himself twice to stave off a motion of no confidence.
Oh how very true, get rid of him and more than likely the problem would be solved.
Two votes Nottage should be his call sign.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Hardly surprising the staff are unhappy when the leader of the council is only supported by a minority of councillors and had to vote for himself twice to stave off a motion of no confidence.[/p][/quote]Oh how very true, get rid of him and more than likely the problem would be solved. Two votes Nottage should be his call sign. skydriver
  • Score: 16

1:02pm Mon 14 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

I am prepared to wager a decent sum of money that Nottage won't be there this time next year

Having said that I am fairly sure that staff morale ( or lack of it ) can not be laid entirely at his door

No staff member reports directly to him and his effect will be limited to his calls on senior management time and his overbearing presence in the building .I think that the merger of most departments with East Dorset would have been the main cause

And as for Jamieson's ( another one who might not be there next year ) statements- have you ever read such meaningless rubbish in your life?

He might as well have said "I don't know and don't give a toss "
I am prepared to wager a decent sum of money that Nottage won't be there this time next year Having said that I am fairly sure that staff morale ( or lack of it ) can not be laid entirely at his door No staff member reports directly to him and his effect will be limited to his calls on senior management time and his overbearing presence in the building .I think that the merger of most departments with East Dorset would have been the main cause And as for Jamieson's ( another one who might not be there next year ) statements- have you ever read such meaningless rubbish in your life? He might as well have said "I don't know and don't give a toss " billy bumble
  • Score: 14

1:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sea poole says...

Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...?
Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...? sea poole
  • Score: 12

2:03pm Mon 14 Jul 14

twynham says...

sea poole wrote:
Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...?
When it suits The Dear Leader?
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...?[/p][/quote]When it suits The Dear Leader? twynham
  • Score: 10

2:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
sea poole wrote:
Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...?
When it suits The Dear Leader?
I guess when there is spare cash to be had, and that is not any time soon.
Unless there is a reduction in the councillors allowances , then again pigs may fly.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Just WHEN is 'an appropriate time...?[/p][/quote]When it suits The Dear Leader?[/p][/quote]I guess when there is spare cash to be had, and that is not any time soon. Unless there is a reduction in the councillors allowances , then again pigs may fly. skydriver
  • Score: 8

5:20pm Mon 14 Jul 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Cllr Jamieson giving a masterclass in how to say a lot without actually saying anything. Three paragraphs taken to validate the importance of feedback (yep, we all know that thanks), confirm an action plan is in place (yep, we guessed you'd have to do something about the issue) and report that participating staff are enthusiastic about participation (with morale so low you'd think they would be). It's just a litany of nonsense. Speak plainly and honestly!
Cllr Jamieson giving a masterclass in how to say a lot without actually saying anything. Three paragraphs taken to validate the importance of feedback (yep, we all know that thanks), confirm an action plan is in place (yep, we guessed you'd have to do something about the issue) and report that participating staff are enthusiastic about participation (with morale so low you'd think they would be). It's just a litany of nonsense. Speak plainly and honestly! UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 13

10:11pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

This is to be expected when the Tories have been in power for ages.
This is to be expected when the Tories have been in power for ages. Yankee1
  • Score: 4

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