BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — When it comes to employee satisfaction, Maumee City Schools is definitely making the grade.
The district recently earned the title of top workplace in the Toledo region.
“It really is exciting for our district,” said district Superintendent Dr. Todd Cramer. “It was confirmation that we are heading in the right direction.”
Late last year, the district learned that an anonymous staff member had nominated the district for the award. To qualify, the district agreed to participate in a staff survey conducted by Energage, a company that specializes in employee feedback and performance improvement solutions.
Of the 325 district employees, 80 percent took part in the anonymous survey in which they were asked questions such as, “Does my employer encourage new ideas or different points of view?”
The questions focused primarily on how effective the district is when it comes to engagement, alignment, effectiveness, connection, management, compensation and benefits. Open-ended questions were also part of the survey.
In January, the district received results, which were broken down by department and building. According to Cramer, almost every bar within the survey results fell above the “normal” range.
“We learned that our core beliefs are starting to take hold in the district,” he said.
The district adheres to the core beliefs that students come first, that improvement is continuous and that maximizing the potential of others is fundamental.
“There were lots of mentions of family and caring and that was definitely encouraging to see – that our students come first.”
Areas that did not receive high marks dealt with staff meetings and how staff time is valued.
“We need to look at staff time and see if some of the things we are spending meeting time on could be used in another way. Some staff believe that their time could be better utilized, which would help them realize their potential,” he said.
Cramer met with each department head to go over results and the data will be used in the strategic planning cycle, which will soon begin in the district.
“We’re always seeking input from staff because we always know that we need to continue to push and improve,” he said. “Any mechanism that we have in place where any staff members can feel that they can respond in an open, honest fashion and give us feedback such as this is value.”