The Staff Experience and Institutional Success
This Feature dives into what it takes to deliver a great staff experience, and explores the impact of the staff experience on student satisfaction and success.
Staff Satisfaction and the Student Experience
College and university staff are uniquely positioned to have a massive impact on their customers, not just in a single moment in time but across their whole lives. It’s critical for that experience to be positive, and it’s the responsibility of institutional leaders to create an environment that drives these positive experiences.
Senior institutional leaders have a major role to play in supporting the delivery of a great staff experience, and a responsibility as well. After all, the quality of an institution’s staff experience directly impacts the student experience being delivered.
While there’s a lot that differentiates for-profit business organizations from higher education institutions, postsecondary leaders could draw some key lessons from that sector when it comes to employee engagement and its impact on the student experience.
Defining a Great Staff Experience
Student satisfaction and success stems directly from their engagement with institutional staff. Senior institutional leaders have a significant role to play in ensuring their staff across the organization have the tools and information needed to enhance the student experience.
Willingness to evolve, a commitment to communication and safe spaces to learn and fail are some of the key elements of the award-winning staff experience SNHU has forged for its employees.
Focusing on workplace culture and shifting the institutional ethos requires conscious focus and measurement of interventions and impacts, but the benefit is driving institutional effectiveness and improving the student experience.
The Impact of Business Processes on the Staff Experience
An institution produces graduates and knowledge, which means the role of institutional staff is critical in helping support and serve students. The institution has a responsibility to ensure staff are able to serve students in the best way possible.
Far from being unnecessary complications, business process changes transform the staff experience and allow them to spend more time, effort and energy on high-value work and engagements with students that contribute to a truly transformative experience.
How Tech Tools Transform Staff Satisfaction
A great staff experience can make all the difference between a positive or a negative student experience, but it’s up to senior staff to ensure all the pieces are in place to support their staff and facilitate the kind of environment where they can be focused on learner success.
Investing in and delivering a great staff experience is central to any college or university’s capacity to be truly student-centric.
The Broad Impact of IT on Staff Satisfaction and the Student Experience
When your starting point is ensuring that staff are able to provide the best level of service to their customers as possible, IT can play a key role in keeping everyone in the institution moving in the same direction while improving employee satisfaction and the student experience.
IT investments that improve efficiency and back-end effectiveness should also have a significant positive impact on the staff experience, spelling an array of benefits for the institution. But IT leaders have a significant role to play in ensuring the effect of a new implementation is positive.