Survey News: the Good, the Bad and the Interesting

Survey News: the Good, the Bad and the Interesting

With the month of September almost at an end, I thought I would fulfill the commitment made in late August to share some of the results from the Employee Survey conducted last April.  Our Division Leadership Team has reviewed both the responses and the individual comments. The Team has incorporated your feedback into our planning for the year.  Nowhere was that more evident than in the week of back-to-school professional learning sessions organized for both teachers and support staff. The activities planned for that week reflected what we had heard from our employees the previous August, what we gleaned from the survey, and also the work of our four Results Teams that met last year.  Permit me to say one last thank you to all who were involved in organizing, presenting, and attending those events in the week of August 27 – 31st.

Now for the survey results, here’s what we learned:

The Good News:

  1. We rate high on caring!

    • 89.5% feel their supervisor or someone at work seems to care about them as a person.
  2. We rate high on opportunities to learn and grow.

    • 84.1% believe they have that opportunity (Facilities and support staff rated it lower)
  3. We rate high on clarity of expectations.

    • 91.5% know what is expected of them at work.
  4. We rate high on commitment to quality work.

    • 85.1% perceive their colleagues and administrators this way (high schools not so much).

The Bad News:

  1. We rate low on providing recognition and praise.

    • Only 47.5% had experienced praise in the past seven days.
  2. We rate low on providing feedback on progress.

    • Only 45.9% felt they had had feedback on progress in the last six months.
  3. We rate low on having materials and equipment needed.

    • Only 24.1% said they did, although another 74.2% said they did sometimes.
    • Many of the comments here reflect frustration with technology.

The Interesting News:

  1. We rate middle of the road for having best friends at work.

    • 53.6% say they have one.
    • 46.4% say they don’t.
    • Comments in this area were indicative of a “split” between those who thought they needed or valued friends in the workplace, and those who didn’t feel they needed them at work because they had them outside of work.

Themes from Comment Analysis

These comments in particular revealed that our employees would welcome five things:

  1. More contact with Division leaders
  2. More input into Division decisions
  3. More professional learning opportunities
  4. More feedback on performance
  5. More clarity in some areas on standards/expectations

See next month’s blog for a list of specific actions completed on contemplated in response to your feedback.

Julie MacRae

Director of Education