Comment 69230

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted September 08, 2011 at 13:14:46

This is not good news. Not at all. The organizational culture at the City of Hamilton is poisonous. In my past life as a management consultant to major corporations, it was always the really good people who left first.

The stats for absenteeism, short term disability, and long term disability in the City of Hamilton as presented to Council by the City's Human Resources Department are all trending in the wrong direction. These are all signs of a sick organization. People don't want to go to work because they feel under-appreciated, lost, and have no sense of purpose or contribution. Yes, that's right, it's the vision thing. At least the operationalized vision thing.

Sadly, Jill Stephen will not be the last of the good ones who leave.

We are in trouble, organizationally and operationally. Some Councillors may see it, but it's not evident they do with the possible exceptions of Brad Clark and Lloyd Ferguson. While we throw money around like we actually have it, Rome burns. Be worried. I love my city, but this pattern of behaviour is not sustainable.

Let's recap:

$20,000,000 grant to McMaster to build their Health Campus downtown $35,000,000 in rent to McMaster to house our Public Health Department $10,000,000 over spend for IWS $25,000,000 shortfall for the velodrome (not to mention the half a million dollars in annual operating costs, or maintenance costs) $10,000,000 in West Harbour land acquisition (don't worry, Walmart will save us)

Please add to the list as you see fit.

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