City leaders seek your ideas to improve employee recognition
A survey was emailed March 13 to all employees with City computer access to gather opinions about the City’s current efforts to recognize employees’ accomplishments and workplace contributions. The short survey will also ask for suggestions for improving how the City recognizes consistently high quality work and exceptional accomplishments.
The need for the survey stems from the results of the most recent Employee Engagement Survey which indicated that the City needs to do a better job of conveying appreciation for and recognition of employees’ workplace contributions.
Recognition shortcomings highlighted by earlier survey
According to the Employee Engagement Survey, which was administered in late 2011, only:
- 44 percent of survey respondents said they regularly receive appropriate recognition when they do a good job.
- 49 percent said they are recognized for delivering outstanding customer service.
- 50 percent reported that the recognition they receive is meaningful.
- 46 percent reported that they feel valued as a City of Minneapolis employee.
After the survey results were compiled in early 2012, teams of City employees representing every department have been working to address the most pressing issues raised by the survey. Thanks to these teams, many departments have been working to improve their departmental recognition efforts. To read about efforts being made in your department, visit the Employee Survey’s departmental response website.
What the survey will seek to clarify
This additional effort is an attempt to clarify recognition shortcomings and address the issue on a citywide basis. The survey seeks to help City leaders:
- Understand what constitutes meaningful and appropriate recognition.
- Identify what types of accomplishments or contributions merit special recognition.
- Measure interest in an employee appreciation or learning event.
The suggestions and views expressed in the recognition survey will be shared with department heads, supervisors and elected officials this spring.
Published Mar. 13, 2013