A senior children and family development bureaucrat suspected "quazi (sic) job action" was one of the reasons why the ministry's employees were slow to participate in this year's annual government-wide workplace environment survey. With six days left to complete that survey, chief operating officer Mark Sieben reported on April 23 that just 63 percent of those employees had done so, lagging behind other ministries. Mr. Sieben advanced several explanations for that lag. In emails sent to fellow executives between April 16 and 23 and obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, he suggested:
* "there's a tendency for people to put it off and then not bother;"
* employees could be taking "mum's advice to not say anything if you don't have anything 'nice' to say;"
* British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union and First Call-sponsored web survey targeting the ministry "may have creamed off more of the discontented" and;
* "at an area and district office level, people say the data that has come out is cut up in a way that isn't useful to them beyond the high aggregate."
But Mr. Sieben also said he'd "heard there is some quazi (sic) job action associated w/ some areas level of response." Fancy that!