Are you feeling healthy? Well, are ya?

Clay Adams | October 3rd, 2017

In this day and age, people get to have their say in ways previous generations could have never imagined.

It was not too long ago that women weren’t allowed to vote simply because, well, they were women. Same with ethnic minorities, indigenous people and even those of colour who, I might add, were often hardly a “minority.”

Today, some countries are even trying online voting (e-voting) via the internet as a means of connecting with wider audiences.

Heck, in Calgary people are even allowed to cast a ballot from the comfort of their own car as the city has set up a drive-thru voting booth. Imagine if we had that for our last provincial election?

“Welcome. Can I take your ballot?”

“Sure. I’d like a double NDP with a touch of Greens. Oh, and light on the Liberals please.”

Frankly, I don’t care how people vote as long as they vote. While the outcome of elections may not always go the way we would like or understand  – and in the interests of political respect (and the need to cross the border to go to the Whitecaps game in Portland later this month), I won’t be making disparaging comments about Donald Trump – the key is to remember we live in a democracy that allows us to have a say.

Sadly, not everyone appreciates that. A recent municipal by-election in Port Moody saw the successful candidate win by a “handy margin”. Yes, he did. With 1,277 votes. Not BY 1,277 votes. His total vote count was 1,277. The next candidate garnered the support of only 530 people. The candidate who came last pulled only 33. That’s less voters than players on the Whitecaps roster.

Only 12 percent of Port Moody’s 33,500 residents voted. We won’t know why the number was so low (close to 60 percent voted in May’s BC election) although Mayor Mike Clay admitted “most people didn’t seem to care”.

Thankfully, the same level of apathy isn’t there for our MyVCH survey. For those of you who have been out of the country, staying away from public areas in VCH sites, or simply ignoring your email, My VCH is our organization-wide transformation strategy. It kicked off with an all staff and physician survey on September 25, and I’m pleased to say that 8,455 folks have already taken the survey.

That is more than half of everyone at VCH. Not bad for a survey that is longer the traditional seven questions of previous surveys, and carries with it the baggage some people have around what will be done with the findings.

I can tell you that the results are confidential. The survey is aimed at providing a picture of how “healthy” we are as an organization. I don’t mean physically healthy. If it was, I would be totally screwed. I mean healthy in terms of how we work together. Do we have a clear sense of what is expected of us at work and whether we feel respected and valued. If you don’t feel great about things, that’s actually all the more reason why you should do the survey while there is still time (cut off is supposed to be October 6).

Oh, and we won’t ask if you have a best friend at work. We hope you do – and that you have more than one – but, to be honest, that’s none of our business. By taking the survey, you are exercising your democratic right to be heard. You can also win some cool prizes as well, just in case you wanted an extra incentive.

So go ahead. Find that email if you haven’t done the survey yet, put aside 15 minutes or so and tell us what you think. We want to –  no, we need to – hear from you.

About the Author

Clay Adams
email iconClay.Adams@vch.ca  

Clay Adams is vice president of Communications and Public Affairs and has extensive experience in strategic communications and planning, media relations, issues management and stakeholder communications in Australia and Canada. Clay writes on communication related topics with a wry humorous style and has an interest in discussion about how we want to be understood by others. View all the posts by Clay.

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