Thanks to the two of you who took the time to analyze the LANS Morale Survey. I'm sure the LANS "Communications Office" (have you noticed how I tend to use quotes to denote an ironic misnomer?) will come out with their own attempt to spin the survey as being positive, but the numbers tell us the Real Story.
I got a call from an Albuquerque Journal reporter on Thursday who was looking for some kind of quantifiable proof of the degrading morale among LANL staff over the years, but I was only able to give him my own subjective opinions. Thanks to 9:22's contribution on the "Survey Rollout" post we now have some solid comparison numbers:
Well, having supplied the data to Doug for posting, I have to say I'm really disappointed you all have been so lazy about analyzing results. (Maybe it's true all the A students have left?) Some of the old survey data is still available from the Newsbulletin archives. So for example:
"I am proud to be associated with the Laboratory"
1997: 82% agree
2004: 79% agree
2009: 66% agree (now "I am proud to tell people I work for the Laboratory")
"Morale in my group is high"
2009: 28% ("Morale of my coworkers is good" - note the bar appears to be lowered from "high" to "good").
2009: 46% agree that "My morale at work is good."
2004: 78% "My work gives me a sense of personal accomplishment"
2009: 66% "My work is rewarding"
2004: 66% "Employees are treated with respect, regardless of position"
2009: 49% "Employees are treated with respect"
2004: 60% "Satisfied with my overall compensation incl benefits
2009: 62% "Satisfied with my overall compensation incl benefits"
(Perhaps the only category that's held steady)
2004: 64% "Lab keeps me informed about matters affecting me"
2009: 49% "I feel well-informed about events/decisions/news that affect my job"
2004: 69% "Would recommend Los Alamos as good place to work2009: 63% "The Laboratory is a good place to work"
Also, 1:28 AM pointed out that most of the lowest-rated responses are a direct reflection of the quality of LANL's current "management team" (there I go with the quotes again):
Let's cut to the quick. Here are the key percentages that register in this document as "Agree"...-----------------The leadership team is working together to advance the Laboratory mission. : 37.75 %Career opportunities at the Laboratory are good. : 33.73 %Laboratory managers set good examples. : 27.58%I have confidence in the leadership of the Laboratory. : 28.69 %The morale of my co-workers is good. : 27.75 %Laboratory managers consult employees about decisions that affect them. : 25.42 %The Laboratory rewards those who contribute most. : 23.57 %I believe that action will be taken on the results of this survey. : 17.30 %-------------------In most organizations, abysmal ratings like this would result the the sudden resignation of the executive management. It indicates a total failure of leadership and severe lack of trust of the employees in their top management team. However, with LANS you can be almost certain that there will be no real outcome for their poor leadership skills. PBIs, baby! That's all that matters to NNSA.Thanks to who ever handed this data off to Doug. Have no doubt, you did the right thing and the many blog readers appreciate the risk you must have taken. God bless you, my friend!