A review of the DVD of an April 28 special meeting of the county Board of Supervisors shows Sue Ann VanDermyden, consultant with VanDermyden and Maddux law firm, describing a recently conducted Cultural Assessment survey. VanDermyden characterized survey results as indicating that many employees consider they are working within a “culture of fear.” Frequent comments included “fear of retaliation, harassment, discrimination (or a) hostile work environment,” VanDermyden reported. A few minutes later in the same meeting, VanDermyden shared “good news” and said 60 percent of respondents were generally satisfied with their employment with the county. “The bad news… 40 percent are not happy.” According to the actual survey data, however, 17.5 percent of respondents stated they were generally dissatisfied with their county employment. The balance of 23 percent responded that they were “neutral” with respect to their level of satisfaction.
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