A few more notes on personnel:
Rick Frank, the City’s able personnel director, is working hard to transform our civil service into a professional workforce as diverse as the population it serves. Within the difficult constraints of the City’s budget, he is finding ways to reward good work, improve bad habits, and accommodate the requirements of our employees. There are new policies on Harassment, Workplace Violence, and Union Representation; and a new Employee Grievance policy.
Rick has examined the health benefits offered to employees and made it possible for employees to add their domestic partners and families to the City health plans. And he is preparing recommendations to make salaries and benefits more relevant to economic realities.
And Rick is exploring a suggestion by leaders in the Bosnian community to see if a scheduling arrangement can be reached to allow Muslim employees to flex their hours to accommodate the Friday afternoon prayer service required by their religions. This simple change would allow the City to recruit from a larger segment of its diverse population — and it is, of course, the right thing to do.
The bottom line is a workplace that is safer and more positive.