Three Rivers Staff are Fit

19th September 2018

Three Rivers District Council have noted that yet again their sickness absence remains significantly lower than many other Councils. 

Their performance is even better when compared to the FirstCare (authority on absence management and its financial impact) client base of organisations in both public and private sectors. 

The Council have recorded the best overall staff motivation scores since 2014 from 6.89 (out of 10) to 7.47 whilst staff satisfaction scores went up from 6.89 (out of 10) to 7.4. 

Residents continue to be satisfied with the services provided by Three Rivers, with three quarters happy with how well the council ‘runs things’ (74%). The green district continues to attract high levels of satisfaction for its Parks and Open Spaces (94% satisfaction) while the key services of refuse, recycling collection and street cleaning have held up their satisfaction levels well (83%, 85% and 76% respectively). 

It is not surprising that linked to high motivation and satisfaction are low sickness absence rates. Over 130 staff have completed the last financial year without taking a day off sick, which has helped retain very low sickness absence rates. 

Cllr Sara Bedford, Leader of the Council said: “Thanks for making us proud to be one of the workplaces with a great culture and high level of wellbeing and engagement, your efforts are greatly appreciated.” 

Dr Steven Halls, Chief Executive added: “We will continue to put our staff at the heart of our organisation, providing rewarding and motivating jobs and through you and the services you provide, helping to create a better society.”three-rivers-house-1-.jpg 

The findings complement a consistent pattern of results. This demonstrates that supporting staff and creating positive work environments through compassionate and collective leadership is good for staff, vital for the Council and key to good financial performance.