Stress, harassment and difficulty with change: Survey reveals life as a Wandsworth Council employee
A survey of staff at Wandsworth Council has revealed employees are suffering from stress, feeling harassed and are unable to cope with changes taking place.
The results were announced after the survey that invited staff to answer questions on wellbeing, communication and management.
About 1,800 employees participated, with 52 per cent saying they did not agree that recent changes, including redundancies and departmental reorganisation, were planned well.
The majority of participants said they felt more support should be in place for staff to cope with changes and 90 per cent said they felt stressed.
Participants were also asked about how the council dealt with equality, diversity and their feeling towards dignity in the workplace.
A total of 80 members of staff claimed they were being harassed at work, while 25 employees responded they faced abusive behaviour.
Overall 12 per cent said they faced discrimination at work, with 48 people citing this was because of their ethnicity.
Councillor James Daley, chief whip of Wandsworth Labour, said: “Of course it has been a difficult time but it seems very apparent to us that these changes have been thrust on the staff from the top down and a lot of people are feeling uninvolved in the decisions and feeling they are having to do more work.
“That creates an unhappy and also unproductive workforce that will cost the council as well. We hope this sends a loud message to the leadership of the council.”
The council paper said: “It is important to note that the staff survey was carried out during a very difficult time for the council and its workforce – the climate of austerity, uncertainty, job cuts and changes to pay and conditions.
“Therefore, it was always expected that the results could be negative.”
In comparison to the 2011 survey more staff said they were proud to work for the council and 89 per cent said they enjoyed their work.
A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said: "The staff survey has delivered some very positive results.
"It's revealed that 89 per cent of staff enjoy their work, 88 per cent say it's more than just a job to them, 85 per cent say they feel valued and respected by their managers and 91 per cent agree they receive good support from colleagues.
"We recognise that staff are working very hard, and are under pressure to deliver the top quality services for which Wandsworth is renowned and we will now be using the results to improve where necessary so that we can deliver an even better service to the public."
Over the past two years services including libraries, adventure playgrounds, parks police and meals on wheels have been cut.
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