Monday, May 13, 2019

we're not diverse enough

 So the results are based on 7 division heads and 11 employee's being interviewed by another  consultant. Seems to me if they wanted more diverse employee's or people to participate in government all they would have to do is hire them or appoint them. Improving the outreach is paramount to diversity, but does she really want anyone who disagrees with her on any board? 

The City of Framingham Releases Results of Diversity & Inclusion Findings and Recommendations Framingham, MA –The City received the results of a recent report regarding Framingham’s Diversity & Inclusion from Korn Ferry, which was hired to evaluate how the City is meeting the needs of its diverse population. The City posted the report here.

Report Facts:
? Seven City Division Heads and 11 employees were interviewed
? Strengths and areas for opportunity emerged during the one-on-one interviews

Report Observations:
? When inclusion has been prioritized, benefits have included: clear communication, faster resolutions to issues and/or conflicts and increased cooperation from local constituents and/or business owners.
? Many leaders were concerned with the lack of cultural representation in the City of Framingham government. The staff does not represent their constituents culturally or ethnically, impacting aspects of the relationship between residents and the government. This creates barriers to communication, community outreach, community participation, and the effective use of government services.
? When asked where a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy could have the greatest impact, half of the leaders ranked “to help recruit, retain, and advance talent” as having the greatest impact, with “to optimize performance, engagement, and productivity” as having the second greatest impact, and “to help grow constituency satisfaction” as having the third greatest impact.

Opportunities Uncovered by the Report:
? Lack of cultural, ethnic/racial, and language diversity reflects a disconnect between the City and the populations it serves.
? Divergent views in how Diversity & Inclusion is prioritized and communicated within the City.
? Attracting and retaining talent is an area of improvement for a majority of departments.
? A need to acknowledge potential political implications and how they might affect courageous conversations and actions.
There are recommendations in the report that address the opportunities.


At May 14, 2019 at 10:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how much we paid to have this study done? Seems that the conclusions are all things we were fully aware of before we paid someone to tell us these things.

At May 14, 2019 at 3:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a very valid set of subjects to base an entire study on. Why only speak to these people?

At May 15, 2019 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are a community that has an awful lot of opinionated and angry residents who never miss an opportunity to complain. It seems the issues is that no one from a diverse background applies for any positions. So is the issues that they are not interested in working for the city, or is the issue that the city makes them feel unwelcome to apply? That is what we need to find out.

At May 16, 2019 at 2:26 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

it costs us 25k for the consultant.

good point on "the issues that they are not interested in working for the city, or is the issue that the city makes them feel unwelcome to apply"?

Perhaps the administration dosen't want to look at the obvious first. It will play well next year if the Mayor runs for re-election. Like the JFlagg report... I didn't need an 25k consultant to tell me FPD has issues.


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