As we approach the end of the current academic year and move into the summer period, I wanted to touch base with you about our employee engagement initiative. As you will recall, we were planning to release department-level survey results to College leaders beginning mid-March. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted these plans as we quickly shifted to working from home and delivering education and student supports in alternative ways.

We made the decision to hold off on releasing those results in recognition of the challenging and hard work that the pandemic presented all of us. The last few months have been overwhelming for many, and we didn’t want to add to the challenges and uncertainty wrought by COVID-19.

A quick recap on our initiative

In late 2019, we launched a new employee engagement initiative as part of our strategic priorities. The completion of an online survey was our first step in gathering the data we need to identify what we’re doing well, where we can improve, and how we can take meaningful actions together. The goal remains developing action plans specific to each department because we recognize that RRC is a large community and that issues vary from unit to unit. There will also be College wide action plans that will be further supported by the work we will do together through Phase 2 – Focus Groups.  A one-size-fits-all solution is not the path to progress.

Where we’re going from here

We recently re-examined the survey questions and are pleased to note that almost all of the questions we asked are still relevant; however, the follow-up discussions around them might look a little different due to COVID-19 and the way work has changed and will continue to evolve. We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, so we’re choosing to lean into our new reality and move forward.

We will be releasing department-level results to College leaders throughout July and August. This will give College leaders a chance to review the results from their areas and plan for sharing these results with their teams in the Fall. It will also give our new President, Fred Meier, an opportunity to help shape the next steps in the process including moving into action planning in the fall. Employee engagement is a top priority for Fred and we know he will bring many great ideas to the table.

Thank you for the extraordinary efforts

The last three months have been unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before. We’ve seen Red River College employees rise to the challenge and continue to do amazing things. This level of employee engagement is worth noting and celebrating, and we thank you for your hard work and commitment to the College.

Melanie Gudmundson
Chief Human Resource Officer