No one more popular than Jindal, survey says
  // Friday, 03 October 2014 13:12 //

by Tom Aswell of Louisiana Voice

 A survey to gauge state employee job satisfaction in the Division of Administration (DOA) should be an eye opener for Commissioner of Administration Kristy Kreme Nichols and agency heads throughout DOA—but it probably won’t be.


Meanwhile, LouisianaVoice has learned that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Iowa, R-New Hampshire, R-Anywhere but Louisiana) received some exciting news this week when a new poll revealed that no one was more popular than Jindal among Republican contenders for the GOP presidential nomination.

The excitement was short-lived, however, when the actual meaning of the numbers was revealed.

It turns out that in a CNN poll of New Hampshire voters, Jindal tied with Rick Santorum with 3 percent, while “No one” polled 4 percent, prompting Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert to joke that Jindal should adopt the slogan “Jindal 2016: No one is more popular.”

Adding insult to injury, a Public Policy Poll also showed that in a head-to-head showdown with former Gov. Edwin Edwards for governor, Edwards would win with 47 percent of the vote to Jindal’s 43 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

Not the numbers on which to base an ambitious run for the White House.

The employee survey, conducted by IBM/Kenexa to rate overall job satisfaction revealed DOA employees scattered throughout 22 state agencies grouped within DOA were generally less content, scoring well below the national norm in the areas of:

  • Trust (47.8 percent);
  • Employee recognition (39.2 percent);
  • Senior leadership values (55 percent);
  • Communication from management (42.8 percent);
  • Senior leadership vision (33.2 percent;
  • Opportunity for employee advancement (28.2 percent), and
  • Employee involvement in decision making (57.8 percent).

Moreover, only 28.3 percent of respondents believed that positive change will occur as a result of the survey, compared to 31.6 percent who felt the survey would produce change and 40.2 percent who were unsure.

There were no records available to indicate how much the survey cost but The Department of Economic Development contracted with Kenexa Technology in 2011 to conduct a similar survey. The contract cost for that survey of a single agency was $19,900.

Not only did state employees throughout the 22 agencies in DOA reflect an overall pessimistic outlook, the 52.7 percent response rate (553 employees responded) was well below the IBM/Kenexa benchmark of 80 percent which served as a barometer of the general skepticism of state employees in general under the Jindal administration.

That’s certainly not difficult to understand, given the manner in which Jindal has gone about gutting agencies by laying off employees in wholesale numbers, privatizing agencies, attempting first (unsuccessfully) to slash state retirements and most recently going after medical benefits by manufacturing a crisis at the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) in order to declare an emergency to increase deductibles and co-pays which he hopes will drive retirees out of OGB

Meanwhile, Kristy addresses the morale problem by insisting that agency directors strong arm employees to participate in the Louisiana Marathon so she can win her participation bet with Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert.

As an added incentive, she announced on Thursday that her participating employees would be treated to a barbeque cookout Saturday on the grounds of the governor’s mansion.

And who wouldn’t want one of those TeamKristy T-shirts with the nifty slogan “We Run Louisiana,” coined by Texter-in-Chief Liz Murrill?

There was no immediate word on whether or not Jindal would take time out of his doomed quest for the Republican presidential nomination to attend.

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