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Employee Engagement Survey

The Employee Engagement Survey (Staff@Work™) annually asks staff, both represented and not-represented, to contribute their anonymous feedback about perceptions of their workplace. This online survey is the first of its kind in the UC System, starting in 2004 and now administered to 10 other institutions, including system-wide office at UC and CSU, and one non-profit organization.  The survey includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of satisfaction, engagement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at the university, department, and unit level.

The survey has been statistically validated to measure 6 key dimensions:

  • Satisfaction with the University
  • Department Mission and Goals
  • Department Diversity and Climate
  • Department Effectiveness
  • Supervisor Effectiveness
  • Employee Effectiveness

An additional 24 items ask respondents to indicate whether they have experienced any of a set of negative interpersonal behaviors, including behavior related to their race/ethnicity or gender.  Staff are also provided with items allowing them to self-identify their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other demographic categories.

What makes the Staff@Work Survey different?


Download "What Makes Staff@Work Survey different" (PDF).


In addition, the Staff@Work survey adds value to the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) survey.  CUCSA provides a high-level snapshot, while the Staff@Work survey drills down and is actionable to the unit level.  For example: stats show 60% workforce not engaged (Gallup).  The Staff@Work survey looks into what specifically can be done at the ground-level to improve this.