For the HR team, progress and trends are all important in staff surveys. You want "improvement". So now is not a bad time to get a poor response - so that an incoming DG can be seen to improve things. When Greg Dyke started in the role in 2000, only 27% of BBC staff felt their views were valued by the organisation - at the end of 2003, that figure rose to 58 per cent.
Best practice also demands evaluation of staff working in new facilities. Results are just in for tghe BBC MediaCityUK in Salford Quays. Whilst 54% said they "love the place", other figures are worrying. Less than half the respondents agreed they "had the tools and technology to do their job well" (49%) and the workplace change "enabled them to perform their role better" (47%). It would be useful to know if that's worse or better than the current standard response across the Corporation.
And best practice demands the BBC Trust completes an annual "board evaluation". Summary minutes for April show the process has been complete, but will transparency ever reveal by how much Patten beat Lyons in the scores on the doors ?