Staff bonuses


DCC staff bonuses not part of savings

 Dear Athol and Councillors,

The escalating trajectory of numbers of bonus payments represents yet another un-healthy un-businesslike DCC escalation statistic where for the last two years more than half our 687 staff have received bonus payments.

In my opinion our former CEO has left us an unhelpful legacy of buying compliance with excessive numbers of bonuses.

EMT dishing out such large numbers of bonuses can easily become a manager’s power trip with bonuses being paid for compliance or plain flattery rather than for an exceptional effort.

If more than half the staff get bonuses, it is not possible for the bonuses to be reward for exceptional effort.

When a clear majority of staff get bonus payments they get taken for granted, and the minority of staff who do not get bonuses feel aggrieved.

The current financial situation finally beginning to be acknowledged represents an excellent opportunity to scrap this ubiquitous bonus system which is rapidly trending towards everyone getting a ‘bonus’.

Union driven pay rates and conditions for DCC staff are above market in most areas already.

It would be awkward for our new CEO to have to begin by stopping this practice of most staff getting bonuses.

It should be stopped now.

Kind regards,


About Lee Vandervis

My name is Lee Vandervis and I was born in Balclutha 60 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business. I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004. Dunedin City Councillor profile:
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