HELENA — Montana Department of Military Affairs leaders are asking their employees to participate in a new workplace assessment after a study last year found a climate of distrust and dysfunction within the division responsible for emergency preparedness.

Adjutant Gen. Matthew Quinn told lawmakers Wednesday that responses to the online survey are due April 17. The survey is going to all department employees. Last year's "climate survey" focused on issues within the Disaster and Emergency Services division.

The questionnaire asks workers to indicate how strongly they agree or disagree with 35 statements, including, "My current work environment is one of the best I have ever experienced" and "My supervisor listens to employees."

Quinn says a human resources team will discuss the results with staffers and managers and recommend a course of action.

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