Southeast Polk Community School District has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by the Des Moines Register for seven years running! The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures 15 aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.

Southeast Polk Superintendent, Dr. Dirk Halupnik, shared, “We are very honored to receive this distinction for the seventh year in a row. What makes this designation special is that it comes directly from our employees and we are very proud of that. Thank you to our dedicated, skilled and caring staff who work so hard to implement our vision. We are fortunate to have such great people here at Southeast Polk.”

Hundreds of staff members completed the anonymous survey several months ago. Some of the phrases our staff used in the survey to describe why they love their jobs include:

  • having an impact
  • making a difference
  • working with kids

And to describe our culture? Collaborative was the most commonly used word.

Here are just a few of the comments submitted by our staff.

Southeast Polk has caring individuals that truly have a heart for students. Because of this, they go above and beyond to make sure students are nurtured both academically as well as socially.

We have a great family here. We care for each other and work together to create an environment where kids want to be and where they can achieve their highest potential.

The integrity of the leadership contributes to my staying at SEP. Feels like home. It is safe and secure.

The growth that students show both academically and socially throughout the year is a priceless gift. The pride and joy I feel from being a reason for this accomplishment is worth all the work.

I am given the resources I need here to do my job well. I can be the best teacher I possibly can here with my team, administration, technology, resources, etc.

The Southeast Polk Community School District is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce focused on creating a collaborative environment that puts students first and establishes high expectations for student learning and achievement.

Check out the Des Moines Register Sunday Edition for a special publication of all of the winners.

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 70,000 organizations representing well over 23 million employees in the United States.