What is the culture of the Department of Correctional Services?
A study hopes to find out.
State Corrections Director Scott Frakes says an independent agency will conduct a department-wide culture study.
“Just kind of getting a good, overall sense of how the staff views the agency they work for,” Frakes tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Frakes says the study will seek to determine how the staff views the department, if the department effectively communicates, if training is adequate, whether the department focuses on the right things, and what issues impact the job satisfaction of Corrections employees.
Frakes came to Nebraska from Washington and became aware early on that many Corrections employees worked under a culture of fear.
“I’m seeing progress,” Frakes says. “When I go to facilities, I have more and more staff that look for opportunities to take me to the side and have a conversation or ask me specifically to come to their post and talk about issues that they want me to be aware of.”
Gov. Pete Ricketts Chief Human Resources Officer Sharon Pettid will lead the study, which is being called a cross-collaborative agency effort to examine the cultural characteristics of Corrections, including its philosophy and values. Around 300 randomly selected Corrections employees will be interviewed. Interviews will be confidential.
Frakes says the survey will provide a baseline he can use as he works on a strategic plan for the department.
The culture study will be completed this year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]