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5. Aspirational Claptrap


These are the values ("the way in which we conduct our business") - listed on Page 34 of Volume 1 of the draft TYP:
  • Integrity, transparency and honesty in all our actions
  • Treating all employees fairly and evenly in accordance with good employer practice
  • Being a great place to work where staff are are inspired to do the best they can
  • Teamwork. Working with and having meaningful and ongoing consultatiuon with our communities including Iwi and other stakeholders
  • Having pride in whjat we do
  • Being a highly effective and fast moving organisation
  • Displaying empathy and compassion 

Mmmm.... - You would have to question whether recent events give confidence that these aspirations are achievable. Perhaps they need modification before the draft is adopted.




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Reader Comments (3)

I could not agree more, these values were introduced at the start of Mr Leach's term and I must ask myself if it has been meant as a joke, considering that every one of his so called values has, and still is, being raped.

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStaff Member

What a total insult to the staff and to the ratepayer. Mr Leach stood in a staff meeting and proudly went over these values which were presented as Council expectations, and look at the place now. Staff are majorly demotivated, there is no trust, good highly knowledgeable and experienced people are already leaving. Stressed staff are approaching Mr Hammond virtually begging not to be let go, basically losing all dignity trying to explain the importance and relevance of what they do. I actually feel sorry for Mr Hammond who I think probably had been painted a different picture as to what he was coming to and letting himself in for. Its going to take years to recover from this. How will proposed generalist field staff cope with the highly complicated legal and statutory requirements required to run local government?

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranother staff member

well, well -two strong posts and rightly so -Glenn 'Give me three years to get down to Thames, throw a blanket over it and choke it' Leach is certainly firing on all cylinders - creating mayhem and distrust amongst the staff of what was once held up as a good example of a progressive, award winning,forward thinking Council.
Hammond seems to be at sixes and sevens over all of this - almost to the point of being out of his depth- a town planner who became a Council CEO - and probably never had to weild an axe in such a manner before - hence the conflicting emails and promises being made to staff - how staff will ever have any respect for either of these two remains to be seen - both on short term contracts- who knows where it will all end.
Councillors need to reign in this seemingly head long rush into self destruction - was nothing learn't from the '95 debacle re staff? Where staff provided with counsellors during this process or left to fend for themselves with a 0800 number?
No doubt Leach will be able to look his backers in the eye and say ' I did what you wanted' - but at what cost- cost in human and social terms is enormous ?
Some excellent staff at TCDC have been pushed out and I fear there will be more yet to come -the ' blanket is over Thames and the CHOKE is on'

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEt Tu Brute

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