Employee Engagement and Feedback
“When employees are happy, they are your very best ambassadors.” James Sinegal
At Sweetwater County School District #1, we value our employees. It is our intention to create a culture of engagement by implementing our District Operational Vision in all that we do: Empower and celebrate staff by providing quality training and support focused on a commitment to students
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) breaks employee engagement into three simple categories ~ engaged, non-engaged & disengaged.1
- An engaged employee works with passion and feels a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.
- A non-engaged employee is essentially “checked out.” They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time – but not energy or passion – into their work.
- A disengaged employee isn’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.2
There are several elements necessary for successful employee engagement: (adapted from OSHA.Gov)3
- Need to know what is expected of them (ie: clear job description)
- Benefit from having a mentor/friend to show them the ropes (ie: part of an effective onboarding process)
- Need the right tools/equipment to be successful at their job (ie: computers/etc.)
- Need to have open communication with direct supervisor(s) and access to upper management
- Need to know how they are progressing at their jobs and that his/her presence is valuable (ie: frequent feedback through face/face conversations with supervisors and departmental and organization–wide recognition)
- Need to know/or be given the opportunity to explore how their work connects to the mission/vision of the organization
- Need to know that their opinion counts
- Need to know there are opportunities to work and grow at the organization
We value YOUR feedback!
Do you have a great idea for a district-wide or building specific way to empower and/or celebrate staff? If so, please share your thoughts here: