Improving our Personnel Management


 

Joint Board Matter: Supervisor Cook, Supervisor Gross and Supervisor Herrity

Improving our Personnel Management

 

Madame Chairman:

As we continue to look for ways to improve the county’s budget picture through better management practices, our employees are hard at work on this task as well. Last month I submitted several budget questions based on suggestions provided to me by the Fairfax County Government Employee’s Union. Today, I move that we study several proposals offered by the Employee Advisory Council.

A recent survey was completed by the Employee Advisory Council yielded over 3000 responses and generated three recommendations that I believe should be discussed at a future meeting of the Personnel Committee.

First, the EAC urges that we do more to promote Teleworking. Currently, supervisors have the option to deny telework requests without formal justification. Given the strict guidelines already governing telework, which ensure employees complete their work, the EAC emphasizes that managers should have to provide a rationale for why a given employee would not be allowed to telework. Second, where appropriate, alternative work schedules should be encouraged. This would allow employees who desire, the ability to work nine or ten hour days and receive one or two days off per pay period, respectively. Third, an employee sick leave bank received much positive comment and many employees responded that they would contribute if one was made available. We have such a system for the county’s Firefighters. We should look at creating one for general county employees as well.

Our employees are a dedicated and hard-working bunch. They provide the excellent government services we have all come to expect from Fairfax County and in this difficult budget climate they have learned to do more with less. We should give serious consideration to management proposals that have widespread employee support.

Therefore Madame Chairman, I move that the aforementioned proposals be submitted to the Personnel Committee for further review and discussion at the earliest opportunity and ask that representatives from the EAC be invited to testify on behalf of their suggestions. 

 


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