What makes a great place to work even better?
For many at Colorado College, it’s being part of a culture that emphasizes an inclusive community, one that helps each person develop as a professional, and promotes enthusiasm for lifelong learning, flexibility, open-mindedness, and other 21st-century skills — the same skills students develop during their four years at CC. By focusing on workplace excellence as a strategic initiative, the college strives to foster an organization that is as innovative and dynamic as the CC academic experience.
CC’s second campus climate/engagement survey of faculty and staff, conducted in October 2015, assessed the continuing efforts to make the college a great place to work, one of five initiatives in CC’s strategic plan, “Building on the Block.” Results showed improvement in a wide range of areas, from the college’s new employee orientation process, to more transparency in clearer and more consistent policies and procedures, to becoming a more diverse and inclusive community.
Out of 75 attributes that indicate an excellent work environment, CC improved its positive responses in almost every category. Overall, 29 statements improved by 10 percentage points or more over the first climate survey, conducted in 2013, and 48 statements showed improvement of 5 percentage points or more from statements made in 2013. Both surveys were conducted by ModernThink, and the results were shared in meetings with faculty and staff.