UC is launching its third systemwide engagement survey, building on past efforts to learn more about the experiences, views and needs of its non-represented (policy-covered) staff.

UC’s first staff engagement survey was in 2012 and the second was in 2015. Survey results have guided a number of campus initiatives, including:

  • The development of a Supervisory Effectiveness Task Force at UC Davis, an ITS staff engagement program at UC Santa Cruz and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Staff Assembly
  • The UC Santa Barbara Staff Assembly “staff logo” contest, with the winning logo featured on t-shirts
  • UC San Diego’s IdeaWave, enabling staff members to submit and vote on ideas for campus improvements, with popular ideas presented to the Chancellor

“Prior surveys have given us valuable insights about the level of employee engagement at UC,” said Dwaine B. Duckett, vice president of systemwide human resources. “Hearing from our staff members about what it is like to work here, helps us continue to improve.”

About 20,000 of UC’s non-represented staff will be randomly selected to participate in the UC Staff Engagement Survey. During the week of May 15, the representative sample of staff members will receive an email from Willis Towers Watson, a firm conducting the survey on UC’s behalf, with an invitation to take the survey.

The survey is completely confidential. Individual responses to the survey and personally identifying information will not be shared with UC.

The survey was 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.

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