New govt survey asks employees’ opinion

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The government has launched a new independent survey asking 9,500 employees to give their opinions on their workplace and job called ‘Have Your Say.’

This will be the first ever cross government survey and employees can take part anonymously, online or by completing a paper version of the survey.

The information from the survey is being sent to Essex company ORC International, a professional survey and research company.

Chief minister Allan Bell said: ‘The Isle of Man government is going through a period of unprecedented change, so it is important to listen to our employees.

‘Their responses will result in action that will shape our efforts to create a more sustainable future for the Isle of Man.’

In a letter to all employees, included with the survey, chief secretary, Will Greenhow, says: ‘I have commissioned this survey because I want to know whether we are creating the right environment, teams, leaders and culture to enable you to contribute as much as you can and be successful in whatever service you provide to the Isle of Man.

‘I see this survey as an opportunity for you to have a voice as a whole public service. I know from speaking with people around government that you are passionate about your roles, professions and the services you deliver.’

A government spokesman added: ‘This is an opportunity for everyone working in government, whatever their role or grade, to share their views and thoughts.

‘Among 9,500 people invited to take part are teachers, nurses, emergency service workers, customers service teams, post workers, engineering teams, manual workers and civil servants, plus many many more.

‘The survey has been commissioned by the chief secretary and chief minister who are keen for those working in the wide ranging Manx public sector to have a voice.’

‘Building the survey was a real collaborative effort with all chief officers actively supporting it and all areas of government helping to design the questionnaire, through a group of representatives.

‘This group, led by a team in the chief secretary’s office has worked hard to ensure that the survey is relevant and of value to all departments, boards and offices.

‘Union representatives have also been part of the development process, and some questions are included in the survey on their behalf.’

The spokesman went on to describe the survey as part of a wider programme of engagement with public sector workers to try to improve communication through a period of substantial change.

The survey sets out 75 statements and asks employees to rate how strongly they agree, or disagree, with each statement.

Among the statements people are quizzed on are; ‘I feel involved in decisions that affect my work’, ‘Senior managers in my department are sufficiently visible’, ‘We act on the feedback we receive in order to serve our customers better’, ‘My department is good at learning from mistakes’, ‘I believe the chief officers have a clear vision for the future of the Isle of Man government’, ‘There is effective cross department working in the Isle of Man government’ and ‘I believe that action will be taken based on the results from this survey’.

Results and actions from the survey will be communicated to employees in May 2014.

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