Nottingham City Council is failing to fully address staff concerns about the way the authority is managed, according to a mixed assessment published recently.
The Audit Commission’s report warned that the “slow pace of change” could have a negative impact and give the impression that staff views were not being taken into account.
The report comes at a time when the council is embarking on a workforce reduction programme.
It said: “Progress has been limited in relation to actions identified in the [Investor in People assessment] and employee survey action plans.
“It is not clear in these plans how some issues such as leadership, staff engagement and the opportunity to use skills and abilities will be addressed at all levels across the Council. Workforce planning is underdeveloped at a corporate level.”
The report, People Management Nottingham City Council Audit 2008-2009, did however state that the council “is putting appropriate building blocks in place to enable it to sustain improvement”.
According to local paper reports a staff survey undertaken last September revealed that almost four in ten council workers felt neither senior staff nor councillors had a clear vision of where the council was going.
Approximately half the staff did not have confidence in the senior management team at the city council and more than half (60%) did not think change was well managed within the authority, according to the survey.