Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A New Beginning

Ok, so I've been meaning to blog more regularly for forever. Today we had a managers' meeting to go through our recent staff survey results. Two of the key issues are senior manager communications and employee involvement, so now seems like as good a time as any to make a start. I'd be pleased to get your feedback on what I write, whether you work in my function, elsewhere in South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, or for another organisation.

Our staff survey results weren't great, but probably in line with my expectations. The important and positive thing is that they're slightly better than last time and, we discovered today, comparable with the other fire services which use the same survey.

The key take-out from today, for me, was that as a management team we are absolutely committed to accepting the results and determined to improve for the next survey. I'll admit that going into the meeting I wasn't entirely sure that would be the outcome.

So now the hard work starts again. Today we talked a lot about the fact that only 18% of our staff believe things will change as a result of the survey (the same as last time). We are all determined to change that next time. So here's a little blog which is my first step towards achieving that. It's only a small step but it's a start.

Finally for today I'd like to send my congratulations to Jill in my team and her husband Lee, who are expecting twins. It's only a few days since my colleague Alex became a dad for the first time. And my other colleagues Nicola and Michelle are off on maternity leave. It all seems apt considering this blog has been about fresh starts.

1 comment:

  1. I can understand the 18% figure and here is why. The organisation is run in secrecy. In order for the work force to support and follow managers there needs to be open and transparent access to the decision making process. Holding CMB meetings where members are asked to leave for key decisions and authority meetings that are off camera and have papers not open to scrutiny means that the work force are unable to form coherent opposition/input to any strategic decision. Bearing in mind we are for and financed by the community we really need to be more aligned to a true transparency that informs all and is not just a buzz word.