Not The Best Of Times In Toronto

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford may seem to have nothing to do with a blog about employee engagement. Although, getting your employees addicted to crack might engage them in the sort term? I caught a passing headline about Toronto’s city government ceasing to survey how engaged their employees were. Government workers are infamously and probably unfairly disproportionately disengaged at the best of times, so it seems a shame that the bosses no longer seem interested in knowing how disengaged they are in times that can best be described as “not the best of times.”

“The City of Toronto passed a $9.6 billion operating budget for 2014 on Thursday, but one item that got slashed at the last minute would certainly catch the attention of HR professionals.

Mayor Rob Ford introduced some last-minute spending cuts to trim the budget by $60 million, but councillors only agreed to two of them: Cutting a print issue of a city magazine, and eliminating the employee engagement survey.

The engagement survey was expected to cost $250,000 this year, but councillors voted 24-21 to axe it.

“That’s 250 man, I’ll take anything right now,” Ford said after the vote.”

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on February 10, 2014, in Employee Engagement and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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