UC System-wide Engagement Survey results

September 25, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

What’s New?
UC Systemwide Engagement Survey results are in. Thank you to those of you who had the opportunity to take the 2017 survey that is developed by the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) in collaboration with Systemwide Human Resources’ Employee Relations department and Willis Towers Watson, a national firm specializing in workforce opinion survey research. UC Berkeley had a higher participation rate than ever before, up 13% over the 2015 survey. We appreciate staff taking time to tell us what you think and are committed to acting on your feedback.

What do the findings say?
Our high level, initial report of UC Berkeley findings indicate that in general, UC Berkeley shows improvement in areas such as supervision and performance management, and room for improvement when it comes to managing and communicating change. We should be receiving the full data set from UC’s Office of the President in the coming days and will be digging deeper into the results. This UCNet story provides some more general insight on systemwide survey results.

How is this different from the Climate Survey?
Our Climate Survey (managed by UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion) will launch in 2018-19. In contrast to the UC Systemwide Engagement Survey - which drew responses from a sample of staff from each campus - the Climate Survey seeks responses from our entire campus community (staff, students and faculty), and is focused solely on UC Berkeley. The climate survey will also be more holistic in its themes, including aspects of identity, holistic health, and more. Findings will be broken out by and shared at the department/unit levels to allow for more tailored action planning.

What’s next?
We use the Staff Engagement Survey feedback to improve how we engage staff and to set priorities for Central Human Resources. To help better understand the findings, and importantly, begin developing action plans, we will be hosting a series of “engagement survey deep dives” with staff organizations and other UCB-wide groups to gather feedback and ideas for improvement. Please let us know by submitting this form if you’d like for us to join your staff org for a deep dive session. Note, we’re focusing on cross-UCB orgs because the results of this survey are not broken out by department or unit.

Thank you for sharing your feedback and working with us to improve staff engagement.

Warm wishes,


Jo Mackness, Interim AVC-HR

Full URL link to Engagement Survey Deep Dive Request form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwAXMG1bMEs0Yp-f_9NHbvCZvSpN8v7w4qv0OGlQeMDdPeLw/viewform


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