June 19, 2012
St. Michael-Albertville School District Top Workplace
St. Michael-Albertville School District qualified as Top Workplaces according to a StarTribune survey of key factors that make up top workplaces. STMA joined 60 other Minnesota companies that met national work place standards based upon a confidential survey of employees conducted by Workplace Dynamics in partnership with the StarTribune. The results represent the third year the StarTribune conducted the research of Minnesota places to work.
Jim Behle, Superintendent said that STMA was invited to participate after an employee nominated the district. Employees could voluntarily agree to complete a survey rating the district on factors that are determined to contribute to a desirable place to work. There was no charge to the district or employees, nor were they compensated. Employees respond to question around six areas that cover factors such as career, pay and leadership as well as factors associated with the company heading in the right direction, communication and employees' feelings of making a difference.
This was the first time that the district participated in the survey. Behle said that in addition to the recognition, the district can use the results to continue to improve STMA as a desirable place to work. "Our employees make the difference for our students. We know that we best serve children and families when our employees feel appreciated and are confident that what they are doing is making a difference in addition to feeling they can make a living from their work."
Jennifer Claseman, Director of Human Resources who worked with Workplace Dynamics on the survey pointed out that the school board recognizes the importance of satisfied employees. She stated that the school board is proud of the dedication and commitment of STMA employees to students and families. One of the strategic directions for the next four years is to hire, retain and develop high-performing staff capable of delivering outstanding education.
The district is permitted to use the recognition as part of its recruitment of future employees. Behle said that we want to hire the right people to work with our talented staff as we strive for all students to reach their greatest potential as learners.