Satisfaction and morale improving at LRC, NCSL survey finds

09/15/2017 08:55 AM

Three years after an audit of the Legislative Research Commission found low staff morale, a new survey is showing signs of a turn-around at the agency.

Staff satisfaction and morale are improving, according to a new National Conference of State Legislatures survey release this week by the LRC.

The survey nearly mirrored the questions in the “2014 NCSL study.”: http://mycn2.com/politics/draft-audit-of-legislative-research-commission-reveals-agency-plagued-by-low-staff-morale

Results from 2014 and 2017 are shown side-by-side, and in nearly every case there were improvements shown in the 2017 survey.

The only exceptions are questions pertaining to information technology, which was flat or slightly down compared to responses three-years ago.

“Our staff deserves a tremendous amount of credit for embracing change and working together in a shared spirit of collaboration and public service,” said LRC Director David Byerman. “By authorizing us to update these survey results, the President and Speaker have given us the ability to objectively document the remarkable progress LRC has made over the last two years. LRC staff remains unified and focused on providing highly professional support to our legislators and the legislative institution.”

The largest percent of change by far between 2014 and 2017 surveys from the NCSL showed increases in confidence that LRC’s hiring practices are consistent for all job openings. On a four-point scale, employee responses on that topic were almost nine-tenths of a point higher in this year’s survey, according to the LRC.

The 2017 survey also added a question on whether employees approve of the way LRC Director Byerman handles his job. Seventy-three percent of LRC workers approved of Byerman’s job performance.

As Pure Politics reported in 2015, the NCSL arrived in November 2013 on the heels of the abrupt resignation of former LRC Director Bobby Sherman, it found a largely dissatisfied nonpartisan staff at the agency and, in its draft report submitted to lawmakers in 2015 recommends a sweeping overhaul of personnel practices at the LRC.

Byerman was hired to replace Sherman in October of 2015; in an interview his first week on the job he told Pure Politics he was seeking to bring a clear direction to the agency that had been rocked by a sexual harassment scandal involving a staffer and a lawmaker in 2013.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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