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.  
  • non-engaged employee is essentially “checked out.”  They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time – but not energy or passion – into their work.  
  • 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

All employees:

  1. Need to know what is expected of them (ie: clear job description)
  2. Benefit from having a mentor/friend to show them the ropes (ie: part of an effective onboarding process)
  3. Need the right tools/equipment to be successful at their job (ie: computers/etc.)
  4. Need to have open communication with direct supervisor(s) and access to upper management
  5. 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)
  6. Need to know/or be given the opportunity to explore how their work connects to the mission/vision of the organization
  7. Need to know that their opinion counts
  8. 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: