Sample District Culture Survey

Instructions: This survey is going out to all employees and key stakeholders in our school district. Our goal is to find out what you genuinely feel about a number of areas so we can focus on making improvements and building on our strengths. You can make this possible by taking the time to carefully reflect and provide honest answers and helpful comments and suggestions, especially in the last few open-ended questions. Your data is completely anonymous and flows into a third-party vendor where no record is made of where the data comes from. After all the data is in, the program will combine all the data and provide a composite report that averages the answers and combines the comments. This survey should take no longer than twenty minutes to complete. Thanks!








1. What position do you hold in your district or school?
1: Administrator
2. Office Staff
3. Custodial Staff
4. Food Service/Maintenance Staff
5. Teacher
6. Educational Assistant
7. PTA Member/Board
8: Other (Parent, Community, etc.)
2. In what building level are you?
1: Elementary
2. Middle School
3: High School
4: District Office
6: Other
3. In what school or location are you assigned?
1. _______ School
2. _________ School
3. ________ School
4. District Office
5. Other/None


We Have the Right People....

4. We are hiring the right people who have both the right job skills and the right personality fit for our team.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
5. We orient, teach and train new employees/teachers well when they arrive.
6. People receive assignments that challenge their abilities, provide new learning, and stretch them "just right."
7. There are opportunities for promotion and growth in this school system.
8. We have a good "succession planning" system in place to develop the future leaders we will need as we grow.
9. Work is distributed fairly and everyone pulls their load: we are not burning out the good folks while letting others slack off.
10. Any comments about this "right folks" area?



Doing the Right Work...

11. I believe we are fundamentally on the right track, doing the right work, to educate our students effectively.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
12. We are doing "first things first:" we are focused on the most important things to the most important stakeholders.
13. Our school (district for district employees) has a short, effective mission statement that I know, understand, and am aligned to
14. Our administrators do a good job of translating strategy into well-understood goals and plans.
15. Any comments about "the right work" area?



For the Right Reasons...

16. Our values are clear and aligned with our path.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
17. We live our values: I feel comfortable with how we "walk our talk" with our values, personally and organizationally.
18. People are putting the good of the whole above their personal aspirations, egos and pride.
19. I think we really care about our students and stakeholders and our mission, and it shows in how we serve them.
20. Any comments about "the right reasons" area?



With the Right Leadership...

21. Our leaders are doing an effective job in leading this organization in the right direction.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
22. Our leaders model the way in their values, ethics and integrity. I know where they stand and they "walk their talk."
23. I feel free to communicate bad news to my management.
24. Problems are solved quickly and don't need to become a crisis before something is done.
25. I am treated with respect and dignity at work.
26. My direct supervisor is very effective in empowering me and bringing out the best in me.
27. Our leaders inspire us with a shared and well-communicated vision and future for our team.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
28. My building supervisor/direct supervisor works with me to co-create an empowered team: I feel like they bring out the best in me.
29. My building supervisor/direct supervisor keeps promises to employees.
30. My building supervisor/direct supervisor knows his or her stuff: they are technically skilled and I respect their knowledge and skills
31. My building supervisor/direct supervisor has great people skills: he/she cares about and builds relationships with me and others.
32. I feel supported by my building supervisor/direct supervisor.
33. Administration is effective at making tough decisions required to operate effectively.
34. District administration keeps promises to employees.
35. District administration knows their stuff: they are technically skilled and I respect their knowledge and skills
36. District administration has great people skills: they care about and build relationships with me and others.
37. I feel supported by my district administration.
38. Any comments you'd like to make about leadership?



With the Right Information...

39. Good two-way communication exists between employees and administration.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
40. I receive sufficient information to do my job effectively.
41. I receive the needed coaching and feedback about my performance.
42. There is an effective system for sharing ideas and things we are learning.
43. Meetings are effective: short, helpful, and help us do the right work right.
44. Any comments about information and how you get or don't get it?



In the Right Structure and Processes...

45. The structure of our team makes good sense. It allows me to work effectively and efficiently with the right folks.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
46. People are able to get work done without encountering excessive bureaucracy and red-tape.
47. Our reporting system makes sense: not too many reports, and the right things are reported.
48. Outdated or unnecessary steps are eliminated or redesigned: we are finding better and more efficient ways to do things.
49. The people using the processes are involved in any process redesign.
50. Any comments about our structure and processes?



With the Right Power...

51. I feel empowered to do my job. I am not overly micro-managed and am allowed to make appropriate decisions and find better ways to do things.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
52. I feel my direct supervisor and other leaders are open to my ideas and listen to and value my input and try to act on it.
53. I feel we have a climate where we can challenge traditional ways of doing things.
54. This district spends the right amount of time and money on the training and development of people.
55. I feel well technically trained to do my job, I'm given enough job-related skills training.
56. I am also given enough "people skills" training: I am given skills for getting along well with others and building relationships.
57. I have sufficient other resources (equipment, material, budget) to do my job efficiently and effectively.
58. I'm given enough time to do high quality, effective work, yet I have enough work to stay busy and feel accomplishment.
59. Any comments about empowerment, training and resources?



For the Right Rewards...


60. People receive proper recognition for good work.
Disagree Strongly Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Agree Strongly N/A
61. Rewards are determined according to what people say is important to them, rather than having an arbitrary reward imposed on us.
62. Poor work is addressed in a constructive manner: people are not allowed to "get away with stuff."
63. I am confident that I will be treated fairly.
64. I feel appreciated for the work I do well: managers and others take time to thank me, not just correct me for errors.
65. All in all , I am satisifed with my current job.
66. Overall, there is a positive and empowering culture in our school and district.
67. I rarely think about quitting my job to go to a different district or new career field.
68. Any comments or suggestions about rewards and recognition and how you feel at work?

69. How likely is it you would recommend this district to prospective employees?
0 Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Yes, definitely!
70. Why would you recommend or not recommend this district?



Please be open, helpful and candid in answering these next open-ended questions. Provide concrete feedback, suggestions and critiques. Remember, no one can trace anything you say back to you. This is a chance to really be heard!

71. What do you like best about our district and/or your school so far?

72. What excites and motivates you at work?

73. What is one thing that seems to frustrate you as you try to serve our stakeholders or get your job done?

74. What should we stop doing that we are now doing?



75. What should we start doing that we are not now doing?


76. What is another suggestion, about anything, that you'd like us to consider as we strive to improve things?


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