Message from Dan Patterson: Fourth Employee Climate Survey coming in February

Dan PattersonTime certainly flies; it’s been more than a month since my holiday message, which shared the special milestones and achievements of 2013, and we’re now into 2014, which promises to be another year of growth and success at NC.

I hope that all of you have settled in for the winter term, as we renew our focus on providing unparalleled student experience and success.

We’re in the midst of exciting times at NC: we continue to build a strong reputation based on our unique approach to applied education and the success and satisfaction of our students, and this growing profile is reflected in the steady increases we see in our enrolments and our expanding campuses.

I believe very strongly that the strength of our organization is our people – the skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who share a commitment to our vision of enriching lives and fulfilling dreams. I also recognize the importance of ensuring our faculty and staff feel engaged, enjoy their work and understand the key role they play at Niagara College.

Next month, we’ll be engaging our team through our fourth Employee Climate Survey which, like previous surveys in 2006, 2008 and 2011, will be delivered by Metrics@Work, a local firm with expertise in employee engagement and organizational measurement.

The Employee Climate Survey is a very important exercise for us and is a key factor in maintaining a healthy organization that is committed to continuous improvement. It engages our employees, takes the temperature of our work environment and generates important feedback that serves as a catalyst for positive change at NC. The survey will measure important elements in our workplace, including respect, fairness, trust, leadership and management quality, manageable work stressors, recognition and opportunity, safety and workplace social support.

The survey is delivered online, and will run from February 17 to March 7. All full-time faculty and staff, partial load and sessional faculty, and regular part-time support and administrative staff are invited to complete the survey. The accuracy and reliability of the survey results are directly related to the level of participation. Previous surveys have enjoyed an above-average response rate, and we hope to build on that high level of participation with this survey. Please take the time to complete the Employee Climate Survey and ensure that your voice is heard.

We expect to receive the results of the survey in early spring, and they will be the subject of a comprehensive, organization-wide discussion at this year’s Day of Reflection event, scheduled for April 24. Previous Employee Climate Surveys have identified opportunities and led to positive change within our workplace at departmental, divisional and college-wide levels, and we expect that this survey will be the same. Not only will it allow us to measure the progress we’ve made over the course of three previous surveys, it will also identify areas where we are doing well and areas that may need attention – all with a view toward making NC an even better place to learn and work.

Also, please be assured that your responses to the Employee Climate Survey are confidential. When you complete the survey, you are doing so through an outside party in complete confidence. The College does not have access to the raw data or any report or information that would enable us to identify an individual. For the full details, including an FAQ, please visit the climate survey web page.

Watch for further updates on the Employee Climate Survey as the launch date approaches. New details – including a series of draws for those who participate – will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact climatesurvey@niagaracollege.ca .

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