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360-degree performance appraisals & merit-based pay needed

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:33:07 -0700

Hello Council,

Tonight, will you please vote to postpone salary increases until more
information is supplied to the public and a more creative approach is
considered? For the latter, instead of blanket raises, can we institute a
360-degree performance appraisal process and pay based on merit? I think
that the management-level staff should have more people providing input
into their performance appraisals. That would include input from
subordinates, peers and informed members of the public such as
commissioners who work with the manager. Pay increases should be based on
merit. Build into the performance appraisal system the kind of behavior
that we want to see in the management staff and then appraise it more
carefully. This new approach could have a profound positive impact on Menlo
Park.

The densely written (needing multiple close reads to fully follow) staff
report also omits the additional benefits that management-level staff
receive. These should be included in any staff report attempting to justify
the raises, along with a dollar amount that the additional benefits are
worth in overall compensation. I first learned about some of these
additional benefits in the City Clerk recruitment brochure, which,
interestingly, is no longer at the city's website. (Why?)

Below are some of the the additional benefits listed in the City Clerk
Recruitment brochure: https://www.menlopark.org/documentcenter/view/14988

1) City paid Caltrain Go Pass:
2) Dental -- City paid coverage for employee and dependents
3) Vision: City paid coverage for employee and dependents
4) Health reimbursement account: $2,500 per year
5) General leave: 299 hours of vacation leave accrual each year
6) Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per
year, prorated based on date of hire
7) Retirement: CalPers: For classic members 2.0% _at_(domainremoved)
2.0% _at_(domainremoved)
8) Deferred Compensation: City matches employee contribution up to 4% of
salary depending on retirement formula.
9) Life Insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1-1/2 times regular annual wage
10) Long term disability: City paid coverage
11) Auto Allowance: $3,840 per year
12) Employees are provided with access to an onsite gym at no cost

Note: One can also search under the City of Menlo Park Management Benefit
Plan to get an even fuller picture of the benefits. In this brochure,
additional benefits include:

13) Bonus program -- where the City Manager may award one-time bonuses to
employees in an amount not to exceed $10,000 per employee per fiscal year.
14) Employee Assistance Program benefits
15) Educational reimbursement -- in an amount not to exceed $3,600 per year
per employee for allowed educational expenses.
https://www.menlopark.org/documentcenter/view/14445

Sincerely,

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue Mar 13 2018 - 15:35:28 PDT

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