Cajon Valley Union School District is being honored by the San Diego Union-Tribune for their nomination as a Top Workplace. This distinction comes to the District as they have put focus on employee engagement and satisfaction in recent years. Among the academic and social goals CVUSD has for their students, the District is turning its attention to a community-based atmosphere, making El Cajon “Best Place to Live, Work, Play and Raise a Family.” Happy, engaged employees working in positive and productive environments make for an outstanding atmosphere for students to learn and thrive in.
With their nomination as a Top Workplace, Cajon Valley employees were surveyed using Energage technology that is backed by experts and produces science-based results. These surveys, in conjunction with the CVUSD’s partnership with Gallup and their Q12 Employment survey, have given the community a look into the type of engaged employees that are working at Cajon Valley and how they view the CVUSD culture. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, says that an investment in company culture “is truly an investment in the bottom line and has a direct impact on the happiness, health, and well-being of our employees”
When surveyed by Energage, Cajon Valley employees used words like innovative, family, child-centered, multicultural, welcoming, creative, inclusive, and technological to describe their employer. The survey revealed that CVUSD is exceeding employee expectations. One employee noted, “This job is better than I expected when I started because it is personal. Having come from other districts, CVUSD blows them all out of the water! My strengths are encouraged, my interests are given an outlet to explore and my values are respected.”
Through the anonymity of participating with Top Workplaces and the Energage survey, employees were given the opportunity to feel empowered as they shared their opinions and suggestions. Some employees offered suggestions for improvement, but the overwhelmingly positive majority of the 3,500 comments that came in through the survey shows the true colors of CVUSD. As one employee from Avocado Elementary put it, “Our district isn’t afraid to try new things, to bring new leadership in, to offer excellent training for teachers, to support their teachers in wellness inside and outside of the classroom.”
Michelle Hayes, Assistant Superintendent Personnel Services states, “Our employees are hard-working, committed people who deserve the best place to work. By investing in a culture that embraces relationships, empowerment, creativity and active engagement, our employees get to enjoy their work, do what they love, and do what they do best each day…creating the best place to learn for our students.”
This nomination as a Top Workplace provided an outlet for employees to showcase the most beloved aspect of their jobs. Many employees mentioned the innovation at CVUSD, the relationships they build, and the creativity they use in their jobs. Above all, the number one word used in the responses to “I love my job because…” was KIDS. The kids are at the center of every decision CVUSD employees at every level make. A company is, at its core, what the employees band together to create, and in looking at what words employees most mentioned in their surveys, Cajon Valley Union School District is well on its way to becoming the “Best Place to Live, Work, Play and Raise a Family.”
About Cajon Valley Union School District
Named a 2019 Top Workplace in San Diego, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students into happy kids, healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment; making El Cajon the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net, and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram.