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Jan 31, 2014

Toronto axes employee engagement survey

$250,000 survey cut at Mayor Rob Ford's urging
    
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The City of Toronto passed a $9.6 billion operating budget for 2014 on Thursday, but one item that got slashed at the last minute would certainly catch the attention of HR professionals.

Mayor Rob Ford introduced some last-minute spending cuts to trim the budget by $60 million, but councillors only agreed to two of them: Cutting a print issue of a city magazine, and eliminating the employee engagement survey.

The engagement survey was expected to cost $250,000 this year, but councillors voted 24-21 to axe it.

“That’s 250 man, I’ll take anything right now,” Ford said after the vote.

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