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.