Forbes.com announced its annual ranking of America’s Best Employers By State. This year the Boulder Valley School District was ranked as the #1 Employer in Colorado.
The ranking is based on anonymous surveys sent to employees at companies and organizations across the country. They were asked about workplace safety, compensation and whether they’d recommend their employer to others.
BVSD has long been considered a leader amongst school districts in Colorado and beyond. Superintendent Dr. Rob Anderson credits the district’s culture, including its long-held approach of including employees in decision making, in why the district stands apart.
“As employees think about what makes a great place to work, knowing that you have a say truly matters. We value our employees and we value what they have to say,” Anderson said. “Each and every year I visit every school and speak with every teacher. That is a great way to engage our amazing employees and really hear what is happening on the ground.”
He says that the true caliber of an institution is shown in the way that it handles crises. During the pandemic BVSD and its employees have risen to the challenge, ensuring that students have the support they need. Our educators launched remote learning, IT prepared Chromebooks and iPads for distribution and worked to provide internet connections for students without service, BVSD staff handed out backpacks full of school supplies and assignments on paper for students that didn’t have the internet and Food Services prepared bags full of food for families, so they wouldn’t go hungry.
“When times get tough [great organizations] band together,” Anderson said. “We have worked collaboratively with our employees, our teachers and our leaders, as we have made decisions. I think that has helped us to make better decisions.”
Thanks to the support of our community, through voter-approved initiatives, BVSD constantly is able to offer better compensation packages than other Colorado PK-12 institutions, ensuring that we have the best staff in the state and beyond.
“Our people are our strength in Boulder Valley,” Anderson said. “We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to hire great people, empower them to help you make great decisions and constantly showing that you care about those that you work with. All of those are important things to say that this is one of the best places to work in Colorado.”
“I’m really proud of our district,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Mike Gradoz. “Something like this doesn’t happen without the hard work of a lot of great people, who have been working in our organization for a long time.”
About Forbes America’s Best Employers By State Rankings
Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to pinpoint those organizations liked best by employees in our second annual ranking of America’s best employers by state. The list is divided into 51 rankings—one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia—and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from October 2019 to May 2020, and responses regarding the same employers were compared throughout the process, so as to account for any statistically significant variations in the results collected before and after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
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