Employee Engagement Survey
At Idaho State University, we believe that engaged employees are vital to our success as an organization. Engaged employees come to work with an energy and enthusiasm that enhances ISU’s student-centered mission.
In October 2018, an employee engagement survey was sent to all ISU faculty, staff, and student employees. The goal of the survey was to collect feedback about what barriers may exist to employee engagement.
In a letter to the campus community, President Kevin Satterlee wrote, “I would like everyone at ISU to be engaged, but I know that, in order to get there, we have to create an environment that allows for employees to thrive and engage. If you experience barriers to engagement, I sincerely want to know what those are so that we can improve ISU together.”
An initial review of the results from the 2018 Employee Engagement Survey revealed many positive indicators of an engaged workforce at Idaho State. There were also significant areas of improvement identified. The following is a summary of major findings. Please note, that for the purposes of this summary, strongly agree, agree, and somewhat agree were aggregated into a single percentage.
While there is still significant progress that can be made to improve the overall campus climate. We are pleased to report that of those surveyed
- 94.09% of employees agree that they know what is expected of them at work.
- 87.72% feel that offensive behavior is not tolerated, and 85.05% of employees feel that they are treated fairly at ISU.
- 84.29% of employees feel satisfied with Idaho State University as their employer.
Areas of Improvement
Of those surveyed
- Communication was revealed as a major area of improvement for ISU. Only 63.40% of employees feel that they receive clear information about changes made at the University, and 64.49% of employees feel that they receive clear information about changes made within their college or area.
- Camaraderie and fostering an environment of trusting relationships is key to employee morale and engagement. Unfortunately, at ISU only 49.92% of employees feel that they have a best friend at work. This question often elicits strong reactions. Read more about this question by visiting the Gallup website.
|Employee Category||Number of Respondents||Total Employed at ISU||Response|
|Staff - Classified||307||583||53%|
|Staff - Non-Classified||388||528||73%|
|Adjunct and Temporary Employee||59||579||10%|
|Student Employees and Interns||502||1,577||32%|
An Employee Engagement Task Force will be assembled to review the data in detail, identify barriers to engagement, and actively address these barriers through employee engagement initiatives. In the coming months, representatives from the task force will meet with Faculty Senate, Staff Council, ASISU Senate, and the Leadership Council to provide an in-depth analysis of the survey results and garner feedback to inform future plans.
In addition, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity has been commissioned to develop a robust and prominent diversity program that actively addresses issues and creates a diverse and inclusive University. To demonstrate this new focus, the department will change its name in January 2019 to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Early projects for the department include improvements to the search committee process, a plan for expanding inclusive bathroom facilities, and programming and educational events scheduled for the spring semester. In early 2019, the office will convene a newly chartered Equity and Inclusion Council to develop a strategy to meet program objectives. The data collected in this survey will help to guide the work of the Equity and Inclusion Council.