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2003 Citizen Survey

City Employees

About 56 percent of respondents had phone or in-person contact with a City employee during the past 12 months. The questionnaire asked these respondents to rate the performance of the employee with whom they most recently had contact. Table 13 lists the service quality dimensions on which performance was rated and the distribution of responses on a scale ranging from "very bad" to "very good."

Table 13: Customer Service Dimensions and Distribution of Employee Performance Ratings from Citizens with Recent Employee Contact

 

Percent of 443 Respondents

Very Bad

Bad

Average

Good

Very Good

No Opinion

Courtesy

2.2%

2.8%

11.2%

33.3%

49.9%

0.6%

Making you feel valued as a citizen/customer

3.0%

5.1%

17.9%

35.4%

37.2%

1.4%

Willingness to help

3.6%

4.4%

14.9%

32.0%

41.7%

3.4%

Promptness

3.1%

4.9%

18.2%

29.7%

38.5%

5.6%

Knowledge

3.7%

3.2%

14.8%

35.8%

39.2%

3.3%

Professionalism

2.9%

3.1%

13.3%

35.9%

43.0%

1.8%

Accuracy

3.8%

3.1%

17.3%

34.6%

35.2%

6.1%

Table 14 shows the same information averaged and converted to a 100-point scale. Respondents who selected the "no opinion" option were not included in the average. On average, respondents rated their most recent experiences with employees as "good" on all the service quality dimensions.

Table 14: Customer Service Dimensions and Average Employee Performance Ratings from Citizens with Recent Employee Contact

 

Number of Respondents
Expressing an Opinion

Average Rating Score
87.6 to 100 = Very Good
62.6 to 87.5 = Good
37.6 to 62.5 = Average
12.6 to 37.5 = Bad
0 to 12.5 = Very Bad

95 Percent
Confidence Interval

Courtesy

440

81

+/-3.7

Making you feel valued as a citizen/customer

437

75

+/-4.1

Willingness to help

428

77

+/-4.0

Promptness

418

75

+/-4.2

Knowledge

428

77

+/-4.0

Professionalism

435

79

+/-3.8

Accuracy

416

75

+/-4.2

Compared to 2001, respondent ratings of their most recent experiences with employees have not changed. Ratings in 2003 are statistically the same as in 2001.

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About 41 percent of respondents had no contact with any City employees during the past 12 months. These respondents rated City employee performance based on their impressions of how employees treat Fort Collins residents. These respondents rated employees on the three dimensions listed in Table 15, which also shows the distribution of responses on a scale ranging from "very bad" to "very good."

Table 15: Customer Service Dimensions and Distribution of Employee Performance Ratings from Citizens without Recent Employee Contact

 

Percent of 323 Respondents

Very Bad

Bad

Average

Good

Very Good

No Opinion

Courtesy

0.0%

0.0%

20.5%

35.2%

13.5%

30.8%

Making citizens or customers feel valued

0.7%

1.2%

26.2%

31.4%

9.7%

30.7%

Promptness in responding to inquiries and service requests

0.4%

2.0%

21.6%

32.7%

10.6%

32.8%

Table 16 shows the same information averaged and converted to a 100-point scale. Respondents who selected the "no opinion" option were not included in the average. On average, respondents rated employees as "good" on the three service quality dimensions, but scores are somewhat lower than the scores given by respondents who had actual contact with an employee.

Table 16: Customer Service Dimensions and Average Employee Performance Ratings from Citizens without Recent Employee Contact

 

Number of Respondents
Expressing an Opinion

Average Rating Score
87.6 to 100 = Very Good
62.6 to 87.5 = Good
37.6 to 62.5 = Average
12.6 to 37.5 = Bad
0 to 12.5 = Very Bad

95 Percent
Confidence Interval

Courtesy

224

72

+/-5.9

Making citizens or
customers feel valued

224

67

+/-6.2

Promptness in responding
to inquiries and service requests

217

69

+/-6.2

A final question in this section invited respondents, who had expressed dissatisfaction with City employees, to comment on their reasons for being dissatisfied. Comments were relatively few, and the only common type of complaint was regarding either lack of any response or lack of a prompt response to letters or phone calls.