Other Work Environment Characteristics
In addition to the information contained in the demographic exhibits in the report, the Comptroller's survey also collected other demographic data. The exhibits for these data are listed below.
Counselors were also asked whether their positions were full-time or part-time (Exhibit F-1). The overwhelming majority were full-time counselors.
Full-time and Part-time Employment
Work schedule Percent Full-time 96.6% Part-time 3.4% Total 100.0%
Counselors were also asked several questions about their office environment. One question was whether the counselor had access to a computer in the office (Exhibit F-2). While it is likely that that the computer was assigned the counselor, it is possible that the computer was shared with other staff or counselors. Few respondents indicated that they did not have access to a computer.
Access to a Computer
Do your have access to a computer in your office? Percent Yes 98.3% No 1.7% Total 100.0%
Counselors were also asked if they had access to the Internet in their office (Exhibit F-3). Here again, the responses showed that few counselors did not have access to the Internet.
Access to the Internet
Access to the Internet? Percent Yes 96.4% No 3.6% Total 100.0%
School counselors were also asked if they had telephones in their offices (Exhibit F-4).
Many counselor duties require privacy, especially if the counselor is talking to a student, a parent or another authority, be it child protective services or law enforcement.
Telephone in the Office
Do you have a telephone in your office? Percent Yes 98.7% No 1.3% Total 100.0%
For the same reason that a private telephone is essential in counselor activities, a private office is also important. Nearly all the counselors who responded had a private office (Exhibit F-5).
Do you have a private office? Percent Yes 94.9% No 5.1% Total 100.0%
Sometimes a private office is not enough. Offices with thin walls or those subdivided by partitions can make ensuring privacy difficult. In addition, the inability to close a door or the prospect of having an office in a high traffic area for students and staff might also pose problems for counselors who need to restrict access to the students or parents they may be counseling. Counselors were asked to rate the privacy of their offices (Exhibit F-6).
How would you rate the privacy of your office? Percent Good 67.9% Fair 24.4% Poor 7.7% Total 100.0%
More than two-thirds indicated that the privacy of their office was good.