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  1. I really dislike it when people post opinions on this blog that differ from my opinion. It makes me want to monitor this blog all day long (this is why I self appointed myself as Blog Monitor) and argue back and forth on long comment threads until everyone who reads this blog comes around to my way of thinking.

  2. It is long past due for Jeff Barber to address to all staff, as well as the Regina community, the reason for the administration’s ongoing refusal to hire branch heads to fill the vacant positions.

    Is there an advantage to the community to keep branch heads positions vacant? Is this part of a personal agenda on the part of the administration? and if so, what IS this personal agenda? A preference to have these employees out-of-scope? I’ll let you in on a little secret, Jeff: most staff who are in-scope are wary of being transitioned out-of-scope because they fear that if they run afoul of your Deputy Director, they’ll be out of a job. More than likely, they will form their own collective, which means you’ll then have to negotiate with two unions, not one. Will that be time and public money well spent?

    Also, is it fair to force the remaining branch heads and assistant branch heads to stretch themselves thin picking up the slack for an ill-conceived decision that administrators have made behind closed doors? More to the point, why aren’t the Public Services managers, Kim and Myra, being asked to fill the staffing void you’ve deliberately created by roaming from branch to branch to make sure the ones with no branch head has adequate coverage? Stationing them in the basement at Central isn’t helping them demonstrate good leadership among branch staff, to say the least.

    This situation has truly become untenable. And shame on your personal agendas. You seem to need to reminded that you run a publicly funded institution. Regina Public Library isn’t your personal fiefdom.

    • Could you be any more insensitive? A new low. Grow up. Let us grieve. Don’t make this tragedy about your anti-management agenda. Between you and the person you mentioned, only one (hint:you) purposefully and willfully and with mean intent, tried to disparage someone else. Shame on you.

        • Harsh is one thing. Publicly, permanently, anonymously shaming a manager for that is a scummy, mean-spirited, childish move. Grow up. Let us grieve without this nonsense.

          • Well I guess Brian Klenk should have some more respect then. Put yourself in that persons shoes. Is that how you would want to be remembered? Have some compassion and empathy for the human race people!

            • I don’t think he meant to be disrespectful. It just didn’t occur to him that the wording of his email would come off as harsh and unfeeling as it did. But this is the caliber of managers RPL keeps hiring.

              I’ve come to not expect empathy from most of these managers. Some people just don’t have it to give, and there’s not much you can do about it.

              • The level of competence and professionalism among many of the out-of-scope managers at RPL is, in my humble opinion, pretty low considering what they get paid. I’ve seen so many instances when it seems like they have real trouble accomplishing the simplest thing.

          • Who exactly is stopping you from grieving? Stop reading blogs! You’re reading and posting publicly permanently and anonymously, along with the shitty manager with no compassion who emailed all staff publicly and permanently about the death of a colleague. I was appalled by that and he should be ashamed, as should the library management in general. That kind of behaviour is not the exception with them, it is the rule, it is in fact one of the many negative hallmarks of their “leadership” – inappropriate behavior. I think it is you who needs to wake up, grow up, and face the reality that RPL is run by incompetents who haven’t even the most basic acquaintance with their own policies and conduct expectations.

            • Your lack of insight is immense. But not surprising. You can’t see that two wrongs don’t make a right. Sigh. I’m going to let this go now. You remain appalled. I will remain compassionate. You remain comfortable in you “rightness”. Good job you.

  3. 25 managers fired at Brampton city hall in bid to ‘innovate’
    globalnews.ca

    The City of Brampton’s new top staffer has fired 25 managers at city hall in a bid to create efficiency and cut down on decision making time. CAO Harry Schlange said Wednesday the organizational structure of city hall was previously very “autocratic” and “vertical.” Of the 25 officials let go Tuesday morning, only five will be replaced. Twenty positions have been eliminated.

    Schlange said the terminations will result in $2 million saved annually beginning in 2017. But the city will need to pay out around $4 million in one-time severance this year. He wouldn’t say which departments the managers worked in, but Schlange said the changes are meant to allow for more direct reporting to his office by reducing the amount of management layers.

    “There were many levels in the organization which didn’t allow our employees – some of the best employees that I’ve worked with – at the City of Brampton to innovate,” he added. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey said city council was supportive of the changes proposed by Schlange – who she said was hired as an “agent of change” – and many of the recommendations were fuelled by conversations with stakeholders.

    “Businesses told us that we were not streamlined in the sense that it took time to get decisions made, whether it was permitting or planning applications,” she said.

    Jeffrey said she was elected in 2014 to bring change to city hall. “Certainly when I got here we made lots of changes,” Jeffrey said, adding the city adopted several recommendations proposed by an external auditor partially in response to several expense claims.

    “I think we’re a work in progress,” she said.

  4. It’s disappointing that staff weren’t able to read the full, unvarnished results of the Staff Engagement Survey. I feel as though we were led to believe we would have access to that report. What’s the big secret?

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