The city of Colorado Springs paid a Pleasantville, N.Y., consultant $14,250 for a "first annual" employee survey last year that concluded two-thirds of city workers "can see a clear link between their job and the vision, mission and goals leadership has shared."
That means that a third can't see a clear link.
In any event, the purpose, as stated by the city, "was to help us understand how the City can become a better place to work, and how we can help our employees be more effective in their work serving the City."
Besides the "clear link" question, the city released results of only five other questions in a 55-question survey. Those were:
• 64 percent are satisfied with the recognition they get for their work;
• 36 percent have confidence the survey will help lead to improvements in the city;
• 59 percent are satisfied with their opportunities for career growth and advancement;
• 69 percent feel the city supports efforts to maintain a good balance between work and personal life;
• 80 percent believe the work they do in their department is respected and valued by the community.
More results aren't available, because in response to the Independent's Colorado Open Records Act request, the city said it is "required to deny your request for the employee survey results as they constitute proprietary records of the company that performed the survey, which the City shall deny as confidential commercial and financial data pursuant to" statute.
The contract with OrgVitality LLC, however, states "... that all products, items writings, designs, models, examples, or other work product of the Contractor produced pursuant to this Contract are works made for hire, and that the City owns, has, and possesses any and all ownership rights and interests to any work products of the Contractor made under this Contract, including any and all copyright, trademark, or patent rights... It is the intent of the parties that the City shall have full ownership and control of the Contractor's work products produced pursuant to this Contract..."
The words "proprietary" and "confidential" don't appear in the contract, which was signed by the city on Nov. 13, 2015, and spanned an eight-month term from Oct. 14, 2015, to June 16, 2016. The survey was taken by 1,399 workers, or 63 percent of the city's workforce.
The survey, anonymous and voluntary, covered all city departments overseen by the mayor.