This report presents the findings of a restructured annual employee survey of the staff of the Alaska Office of Children’s Services. The restructure survey included 122 questions organized into seven sections. Findings of the survey indicate: a majority of the employees felt that the State and regional managers, and their unit supervisors support the implementation of the practice model, and provide leadership consistent with the practice model; staff felt that they receive any policy updates in a timely manner, however, most employees felt that they do not have adequate means to provide feedback on policies, and felt that their feedback is not considered; most employees felt that the community at large does not understand the practice model; most workers felt that their supervisors are their most valuable support; most workers did not feel that the 3-week training course at the Child Welfare Academy prepared them adequately for the challenges of the job; cross-cultural training is recognized as being the most valuable, among the other trainings and orientation; most employees reported that they continue to work at OCS because they believe their personal abilities and aptitude suits the job, and most of them value the benefits of a State job; and frontline workers report almost universal appreciation of their supervisors, however, supervisors do not seem to have any active role in transfer of training from classroom to the workplace. 10 tables, 15 figures, and 40 references.
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Alaska Office of Children's Services Results of the 2016 Annual Staff Survey.