Six hundred people responded to a survey The Sacramento Bee posted online two weeks ago asking California state workers how their departments and their unions are doing during the coronavirus.
The results show how deeply the virus is affecting employees tasked with carrying out much of the state’s response to a deadly pandemic. Some workers are stressed out and scared, frustrated and disappointed. Others are proud of department leaders who responded quickly and took their concerns seriously.
Whether they are processing unemployment insurance claims or working double shifts in state prisons and hospitals, workers want clear and regular communication, recognition and understanding from their bosses, and they want to be safe, according to the survey responses.
Workers who gave their departments a 10 out of 10 tended to say their departments were doing well in those areas, while those who rated their departments a 1 out of 10 often mentioned