Voice of the Workforce Surveys
District 49’s Voice of the Workforce (VoW) Annual Survey is one way of listening and learning from our employees. We understand that on our continued journey to excellence, it is essential to gather feedback from our most important asset, our employees.
From the survey, D49 learns about district strengths and opportunities for improvement, and discovers insight to continue to lead meaningful changes in programs, communications and workplace conditions.
The VoW Annual Survey takes place each fall, and D49 partners with a third-party vendor to facilitate the survey to ensure anonymity. With 92% of all staff members taking time to complete the survey in 2022, it’s evident that employees understand the relevance of sharing their insight. Our participation level is considered excellent compared to other organizations nationwide and one that brings us closer to an authentic workforce voice.
Once the survey is complete each year, our third-party vendor compiles the results, and reports are shared with senior leaders, the board of education and staff across the district.
From there, we create action plans and begin the work of making improvement changes. Some examples include increased professional development opportunities for paraeducators, additional Pro Days for staff and enhanced employee recognition programs.