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Sun Country gets high rating on safety

Over 74 per cent of the employees in health facilities in Sun Country Health Region, who responded to a broad work-place survey earlier this year, gave a high rating to the physical environment they work in, and to the safety of their environment.

The survey was an initiative of health care employers across the province and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). As part of its ongoing commitment to improving quality workplaces, Saskatchewan Health provided funding for the survey.

"The employee opinion survey gives SCHR the valuable insight of those on the front-line and behind the scenes," says Don Ehman, Vice President of Human Resources for SCHR.

"Now we will work to improve upon our strengths and to help make a more supportive workplace for all of our employees," he said.

Seven other components were raised with Sun Country Health Region's (SCHR) employees in the survey.

Over 59 per cent of the region's employees gave high scores for teamwork in the workplace; 61 per cent for respect; and 62 per cent for work practice.

About 53 per cent of employees gave high scores for communication within Sun Country Health Region while 55 per cent gave high scores for the recognition they receive; 48 per cent for the level of organizational commitment they perceive; and 44 per cent for the region's creation of an environment of learning.

The survey showed the greatest opportunity for improvement in SCHR's workplaces is in the creation of learning environments. Positive ratings in the survey include responses of excellent, very good and good.

About 32 per cent of the employees in SCHR responded to the survey questions.

Mr. Ehman says SCHR will analyze the results of the survey and incorporate those areas that require improvement into its planning documents. Further details of the survey results in SCHR will be announced in the new year.

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