Today, Culture Engineered officially launches a survey focused on assessing the employee experience for educators as it relates to school performance. The process began in fall of 2017 when a staggering number of requests were received from schools around the US in an effort to improve their workplace. Not a surprise to many as the national teacher shortage has in recent years moved from a fear to reality. The shortage especially taking a toll on schools in Arizona, 866 teachers reportedly having abandoned or resigned from their role within the first four months of the 2017-18 school year1. Culture Engineered is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
Education continues to remain in the spotlight for the state as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently announced his plan to restore $400 million to schools in fiscal year 2019, including $34 million for the second year of the teacher salary increase.2 A much needed salary increase as seen by most given the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey ranked Arizona median pay for teachers 45th in the nation.3 A good start, but is it enough? To be clear here, the “it” being money. Can we expect an increase in pay to improve classroom interactions? Will better pay make schools a better workplace? While a raise definitely won’t make schools any worse, our 2017 research suggests that teacher pay does not necessarily guarantee a better performance or more success. Of the ten attributes of the employee experience, educators appear to have a very unique expectation of the workplace. Equipped with data and tools, Culture Engineered again applies the theory that happy employees produce superior results and looks to roll-out this process, starting with select Arizona schools in preparation for the 2018-19 school year. Additional “school” survey modules are expected to launch late 2018 for other valuable roles within education including school Support Professionals.
Think your school could benefit from our data-driven approach? Complete the school inquiry form by clicking here OR call us, 602)330-9948.
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