Last fall, the University conducted an employee engagement survey. Overall, 57 percent of University faculty and staff participated; Extension's response rate was 76 percent!
The survey measured drivers of engagement based on two key outcomes: commitment & dedication, which relates to individual motivation; and effective environment, which captures factors within a work group that support success. The University plans to conduct the survey annually.
Colleges and units are now reviewing the results of the survey to identify specific actions that will continue to create a workplace in which people thrive. Extension leadership recently reviewed our results. Two areas that emerged as opportunities for action were new employee orientation and working across program areas. Both of these are issues we have put additional resources into in the last few years and we look forward to continuing to identify actions that will support new employees and cross-discipline programming. You will hear more about these action plans in the coming months.
In addition, we will be sharing Extension's results and engaging employees in discussions to identify individual and collective actions in the following ways:
- I will host an employee webinar to share the Extension-wide results
- I will review the results with Extension's Faculty Consultative Committee (EFCC) and Staff Consultative Committees (ESCC)
- A breakdown of results by units will be shared by the leaders of the four Extension centers, RSDP, field operations and the dean's office
Thank you for your participation in the survey. I look forward to using the results to continue to guide our investment in making Extension a vital and engaged workplace.