Stop blaming the employees for salaries

Shawnigan Lake – The CVRD board is not happy with the salaries paid to certain people. The bottom line is the board approved the process, approved the salary grid and approved the budgets. So now, why is it not happy when they had complete control over the system? Individual managers, I assume, administer the salary system for employees.

It appears to be easy to target a group of employees in the media saying they are over paid. As far as I know they were paid within the approved grid for salary administration.

To me this is totally inappropriate to blame or target the employees; the ones I have dealt with have been professional, efficient and dedicated, often working beyond the 40 hours per week to ensure that questions are addressed and problems resolved.

Let’s not focus on individuals; if the system is not working then fix the system. The employees deserve, and in my view have earned, our support and respect.

The board needs to step up and determine which companies they want to benchmark against and who do they compete with for talent and where you want to be on this scale.

As Mr. Fraser said, the community feels that the employees are overpaid. I ask the question, what does the data tell us? As

Mr. Deming once said when he developed quality control processes for industry, “In God we trust; the rest bring data”. Look at the data and see what it tells you. Then determine what system you want to use.

Stop blaming employees; they work within the board approved system.

Glenn White

Shawnigan Lake