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Whitsunday Regional Council has implemented an Organisational Culture Development Program aimed at improving its internal workplace culture, with Mayor Andrew Willcox hailing the program as a positive step forward for the organisation.
“The continued development and improvement of our organisation’s culture is a key priority of this Council, and along with my team of Councillors, I look forward to supporting our CEO and staff in creating a positive, unified work environment,” Cr Willcox said.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that the Organisational Culture Development Program would better position Council to achieve its strategic objectives.
“The internal assessment identified that people coming to work in the Council highly value respectful and trusting relationships however, they are not experiencing these values in their current environment,” Mr Omundson said.
“Staff were positive that into the future they were looking to be part of an environment in which they are empowered to be accountable and experience teamwork both within their immediate teams and across departmental teams,” he said.
“Since joining Council last year, I’ve made it my mission to oversee a comprehensive review of our organisation’s culture, and we’ve made considerable progress over the past six months.
“Transforming our workplace culture won’t be a quick or easy task, but with the support of the Mayor and Councillors, I look forward to working through the strategy over the next year to achieve our shared goal of creating a cultural environment which meets the needs of the business, and better reflects the values of our employees.
“The culture which we as a team will be working to create will be underpinned by the core values of accountability, community, trust, unity and continuous improvement; a culture which will empower staff to deliver better outcomes for our community.”