Results of a recent systemwide staff engagement survey show UC non-represented staff regards the university as a good employer.

In late March and April, about 20,000 randomly selected staff received the survey asking their opinions about several work-related categories from their work relationships and supervision to career development and organizational change.

Forty-six percent completed the survey and provided more than 5,000 comments.

The survey, which aims to help UC better understand the views, experiences and needs of non-represented staff on topics related to working at UC, showed improvement in employee opinions in most categories compared to a similar survey in 2012.

More employees had a more favorable opinion in 2015 than in 2012 about their ability to communicate with their supervisor and other leaders, regard for the university and career development opportunities.

But there are still opportunities for improvement, particularly regarding change management and change-related communications and supervisor support for training.

Systemwide Human Resources has shared the results with UC President Janet Napolitano, and she, in turn, has shared them with chancellors and other senior leaders.

The survey was developed by the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) in collaboration with systemwide Human Resources’ Employee Relations department and Towers Watson, a national firm specializing in workforce opinion survey research.

Union-represented employees did not participate in the survey because UC receives their feedback through their union representatives during the collective bargaining process.

In the next few months, CUCSA and local staff assemblies will be working with local Human Resources officers to communicate the results and generate ideas for improvements based on both the systemwide and location-specific results.

Watch for more information about the survey results at your location in the coming months.