DPSS values the importance of taking care of our employees. We are focused on fostering their professional development and career growth, ensuring stability of our workforce. Using an annual staff satisfaction survey, exit interviews and human resources data, we are able to identify areas of success and improvement to increase job satisfaction and retention of our employees. To ensure we continue finding innovative solutions to meet the ever- changing needs of our communities, the DPSS leadership team is dedicated to continuous learning, relationship building, collaboration, transparency and self-awareness. We want to promote a supportive work environment and an organizational culture that engages employees in improvement efforts, emphasizing each person's strengths and talents to provide the best customer service.

JENNIFER CLAAR Managing Director

Employees Drive Strategic Planning and Transformation Through TOP Initiative.

• Workforce Development: Strengthen workforce capacity through effective use of data, ensuring quality engagement initiatives, focusing on customer-centered outcomes, increasing training opportunities, and prioritizing recruitment and retention. • Customer Partnerships: Build strong partnerships that improve outcomes through integrating services and coordinating with partners to meet the complex needs of the community. • Operational Excellence: Ensure optimal resource utilization and engage in process improvement to ensure timely quality and efficient delivery of programs. Determine and develop new and innovative processes and tools to collect data and assess performance.

DPSS continues to embrace a 3-year strategic plan to transform into a world-class learning organization. We believe every child and family who comes through our safety net system should receive the same opportunities, resources, and respect. Our vision is to seamlessly work with public and non-profit partners, businesses, and faith communities to improve equity and well-being for children and families. The initiative is known as Transforming Organizational Performance (TOP). During the past year, we have made great progress. We engaged with employees to identify priorities and collaborated to develop creative solutions.

Annual Report 2021/2022

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