Stress, harassment, assault all in the line of duty

 

Thousands of Queensland Police Service workers fear their health is being affected by an increasing workload as concerns grow about the fairness of promotions made within the organisation

The findings, released in the latest Working For Queensland survey, also reveal a quarter of personnel are concerned about QPS leadership.

One-third of the force say their health is being affected by a heavy workload, a rate that increases to a staggering 70 per cent in regional Queensland.

According to the survey 27 per cent of staff say the service is not well managed and, worryingly, almost half disagree with the notion that recruitment and promotion decisions in this organisation are fair.

However 80 per cent of staff and officers feel their job is secure, and half say QPS is a great place to work.

Queensland Police Service did not respond to a request for comment.

Acting Premier Steven Miles this week praised the work of public servants working at the "coalface".

"The public service, particularly frontline workers like doctors, nurses, ambos, police officers and fireys, have worked extremely hard this year during an unprecedented global pandemic," he said.

Comparatively, one-third of Queensland Ambulance Service workers say they are overloaded, and almost half say the job has a negative impact on their health.

Worryingly, half of ambulance service staff are not confident poor performance will be appropriately addressed, and they also worry that promotion decisions are not fair.

Three per cent of staff were subject to sexual harassment and 16 per cent were bullied - a slight increase on last year's results and above the public-sector average.

The public was responsible for 36 per cent of harassment incidents, and half of the complaints related to unwanted physical intimacy.
Despite their concerns, 78 per cent of ambulance service staff say they are proud to tell others where they work.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is the happiest of the emergency response departments, with 77 per cent of staff declaring it a "great place to work".

 

 

 

 

Originally published as Stress, harassment, assault all in the line of duty


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