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Employment Retention Challenges -- H2

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 11:58:45 -0500

The Almanac article on the topic of the City Manager's departure generated
much input. A number of people wrote (anonymously) claiming to be prior or
current Menlo Park staff. Many cited the City Manager's management style as
the reason for the staff departures and low morale.

Instead of throwing money at a problem, I think we need to investigate and
consider broader ways to retain staff. The report also includes anonymous
summary comments from recruiting firms and those considering working in
Menlo Park that our and retiree health benefit is an issue. Instead of this
type of (so-called) evidence, let's base our staff reports on substance.
Let's include a table from other neighboring cities so we see the hard and
fast evidence and compare the numbers for ourselves.

These types of reports should also include data from Santa Clara County as
our city is more like many of their cities, except in size.

I urge you to vote "NO" on the idea of increasing the City Manager's
ability to give large bonuses. Instead, I suggest a volunteer
resident-based committee, with those having an HR background, to make
recommendations related to staff retention. Let's fix this problem at its

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue Oct 09 2018 - 09:57:20 PDT

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