Queen’s employees will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on their experiences in the workplace.
Starting next week, Queen’s faculty and staff will have the opportunity to give their perspective on workplace organizational culture at the university. Scheduled to be emailed to all employees on Monday, April 25, the Employee Experience Survey is designed to provide the university with a better understanding of employees’ current opinions and experiences in their workplace. .
The survey results will help establish benchmarks to help the university develop responsive and supportive programs to meet employee needs. The results will also provide a baseline against which to measure progress in building organizational culture, employee well-being, and a shared sense of belonging. This work aligns with one of the six key corporate goals set out in Queen’s new strategy.
“Among the core values of our institution are truth, accountability, respect, freedom and well-being,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The effective realization of these values depends on the opportunities available to us to live these values every day in our workplace. This survey marks the first of many steps Queen’s will take to understand and strengthen our university’s organizational culture, a critical component of Queen’s future success.
Divided into three areas, the survey will seek feedback from employees on their role and well-being at work, team performance and the organization as a whole. Respondents will have the opportunity to share ideas on several topics, including job clarity, work/life balance, team communication, resources and supports, career advancement, diversity and inclusiveness, and more.
“Queen’s employees are essential to achieving the important priorities set out in our university’s strategy,” said Steven Millan, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources). “It is more important than ever for us to examine key aspects of the employee experience at Queen’s, including well-being, workplace culture and feelings of belonging. We hope that the insights gained through this work will help us collectively move forward.
The confidential survey is administered by external provider Metrics@Work, a leading human resources firm experienced in organizational measurement and employee engagement, which worked directly with an academic advisory board with diverse representation from across the Queen’s community to develop the survey.
“When assessing organizational culture, we need to ensure that everyone’s experiences, including those who face systemic exclusion, are taken into account,” says Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice Principal (Human Rights People, Equity and Inclusion), who co-leads efforts to operationalize the Organizational Culture pillar of the Strategy alongside AVP Millan. “This survey represents just one more step in carefully assessing what ‘being in the community’ really requires of us and the work that needs to be done to get there.”
The confidential survey will be open from April 25 to May 13. It should take less than 30 minutes to complete and should be completed during working hours. To encourage high levels of participation, Queen’s will offer raffles for respondents and host a summer celebration if the response rate exceeds 50%. The results of the university-wide survey will be shared in fall 2022.