FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016
Today, the City Auditor’s Office released an audit on an employee ethics survey. The survey was developed to obtain employees’ perceptions about the city’s ethical environment. The audit provides the results of a survey conducted earlier this year and compares the results to an employee survey conducted in 2008.
The audit concluded that employee perceptions of the city’s ethical environment have improved since 2008. Employee’s responses were statistically more positive for eight of sixteen questions asked in both the 2008 and 2016 surveys. A majority of current employees agreed that Kansas City government is an ethical place to work. In addition, significantly more employees, although not yet a majority, also agreed that top city management and elected officials set good examples of ethical conduct.
Most employees reported being familiar with the city’s code of ethics, knowing how to report unethical behavior, and being expected to report unethical behavior. Employees continue to be positive about the ethical example set by their supervisors and department management. Employee knowledge about how to handle ethical concerns, however, is mixed.
Although improving significantly, less than half of employees agreed they could report unethical behavior without fear of retaliation and only about one third of employees believed unethical behavior would probably be detected and punished. Ten to fifteen percent of employees also reported being asked by an elected official or department management to do something that contradicted the city’s rules and procedures while performing their job duties during the past twelve months.
View the complete report online at kcmo.gov/cityauditor.
Media inquires should be directed to City Auditor, Douglas Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-3303.