Employee survey shows where county can improve


Dubois County employees are satisfied with their work environment overall.

But results of an employee survey presented to the Dubois County Commissioners Monday, noted some areas that could be improved.

County Councilwoman Becky Beckman, who is a member of the county’s communication committee, presented the findings. The anonymous survey was completed by 101 of the county’s 295 full- and part-time employees.

Committee members looked at results in two ways, Beckman said.

“Either some things have been resolved for employees,” she said, “or they have accepted that nothing will change.”

Because the surveys are anonymous, there is no way to go back to specific employees to gather more information, Beckman said.

Overall, 36 percent said their job satisfaction improved since the last survey, which was done in 2015; 42 percent said job satisfaction had not improved; 22 percent were not employees in 2015. It was noted that if a person’s job satisfaction was the same as in 2015, that person may have checked no for this question. Eighty-five percent plan to continue being a county employee for the next three years.

Seventy-eight percent of those that responded said there is a high level of teamwork in their department and in the county in general. But some noted that there are silos that still exist between departments. And some respondents said that managers need to deal with employees who are not being team players. Also, 87 percent of the respondents felt they have gotten adequate training, and 81 percent felt they have the adequate equipment, resources and workspace to do their job.

Between 61 and 69 percent of the respondents felt there was open and honest communication in their department, between departments and between the county council and employees. Between the commissioners and employees, 52 percent felt there is open and honest communication.

Eighty-two percent felt they were appreciated by their department head; 57 percent felt the council and commissioners appreciated them; and 70 percent felt like they were appreciated by the community.

As for fairness, 76 percent felt they were treated fairly by the county council, 75 percent by the commissioners, and 87 percent by their department head.

“Employees were appreciative of pay raises, but there were questions of fairness,” Beckman said. “Employees appreciated council members who take an interest in the county employees and what they do.”

She added that some employees think that favoritism exists.

Beckman also said that employees mentioned seeing decisions in the media before hearing them first from county officials. The commissioners pondered how to change that, including broadcasting the meetings online or directing employees to the minutes, which are available the day after the meeting.

Health Department Administrative director Donna Oeding, who happened to be present during Monday’s conversation, added that employees appreciate county officials coming to talk to them directly and listening to their concerns.

“That has gotten better,” she said.

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