Drive Employee Actions that Support a Culture of Belonging

Employees want to believe their company has a meaningful purpose. They want to know that their own job is worthwhile. They want to make a difference. If all three of these conditions are accomplished, bottom line results will follow.

– Quint Studer

How can each employee contribute positively to every student’s daily experiences? As we face this greater challenge of creating a culture of belonging during the pandemic, what actions can we take to support our students and staff? As we are kicking off the school year and communicating expectations to our teams, now is the perfect time to discuss how each employee can contribute positively to every student’s daily experiences in schools. With a combination of leader modeling and communication of what’s expected, organizational culture can provide a powerful growth environment for all.

In the roundtable and the discussion, Leader Coach and former Kentucky Superintendent Deanna Ashby shares how to drive employee actions that support a culture of belonging. During the discussion, Deanna challenged leaders to create a culture of gratitude and share ways that their district is using similar strategies to address any concerns.

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Roundtable Resources

Students connecting and working together

Create a Culture of Belonging for All Students | Studer Education

Our students have an innate need for connection and belonging. Consider these four tips to create a #culture of belonging and connection for student success.

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Reward and Recognize | 9P

Do your employees feel appreciated? It’s important for people to know that their hard work is noticed, and they’re valued for their contributions to the organization’s success. Rewarding employees create a positive company culture of engaged people.

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People Clapping_Expressing Gratitude

Thank You is Powerful (feat. WCTC) | Studer Education

The engagement team at Waukesha County Technical College implemented a virtual Wall of Thanks as a way of hardwiring reward and recognition. One striking aspect of the virtual wall is that it collects the expressions of gratitude posted by team members and the comments are saved on display for others to see.

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Do You Want a Culture of Belonging? Start with Employees.

As leaders, it’s our responsibility to go first and create a culture of belonging for those we lead. In turn, those employees and teachers create a culture of belonging for students both in person and in virtual environments. Make it your goal to create a culture where all employees and students belong.


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