Not The Best Of Times In Toronto
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.”