By Robert Brodsky, Times Staff Writer
Thursday, July 14, 2005
City workers will have the opportunity to answer questions like these and others as
The survey, which will be done by a yet unselected private consulting firm specializing in human resources work, will look at how the city's 160 employees view their jobs and examine what can be done to improve worker satisfaction, said Westminster Mayor Thomas Ferguson.
"It's a physical checkup of the [city's work force] environment," he said.
The employee opinion survey was a central point in
"One of the major reasons in doing this is to send a message to employees that we will listen to what you have to say,"
The survey's success will be based on two essential elements,
"If nothing comes of it, they're going to say 'Don't ask us again,'"
The survey will not result in any hirings or firings, nor any immediate shift in how the workforce is structured,
The city has received four bids by firms interested in performing the survey,
The city's personnel committee, composed of Finance Director Joe Urban, City Councilmembers Robert Wack and Suzanne Albert and Human Resources Administrator Darlene Childs, will hear presentations from the four consultants Monday and Tuesday.
Urban anticipates the committee will make its decision based not only on cost but on the services that would be most beneficial to city employees.
"Just mailing out a questionnaire may not inspire the most amount of confidence from employees," Urban said. "We want to structure the process to create the highest level of confidence from employees."
The city plans to pay for the survey by diverting resources from a $100,000 fund set aside to cover the cost of potential salary increments that could be suggested in an upcoming salary study, Urban said.
That study, which will be conducted by a different firm, will compare the salaries of
If needed, funds for salary increases could be supplemented through the city's emergency fund or through it's unappropriated surplus, Urban said.
The personnel committee plans to make a decision on a consulting firm for the employee opinion survey next week. The proposal would then go before the Westminster City Council on July 25.
If approved, the study could start in August and take between 60 and 90 days to complete.
Reach staff writer Robert Brodsky at 410-857-7865 or Rbrodsky@lcniofmd.com.