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Oct. 13, 2008

UI surveys faculty and staff about working at Iowa

University of Iowa staff and faculty will have an opportunity this month to confidentially tell UI leadership how they feel about working at one of the state's premier institutions. The "Working at Iowa Survey," will be available for staff and faculty to take online between Oct. 14 and Nov. 3.

The survey will ask specific questions about staff and faculty members' personal commitment to their jobs, their cooperation and collaboration with colleagues, supervisor effectiveness, confidence in leadership, university communications and other issues, according to Kevin Ward, executive associate director, UI Human Resources.

"This survey gives staff and faculty a way to tell university leadership how they feel about their work experience," Ward said. "It's completely confidential and can be done online in 10 minutes and on work time.

"Any employee without ready access to a computer will be offered an alternative. To encourage participation, $100 cash prizes will be awarded weekly, the winners drawn from those who have taken the survey," Ward added. "So the sooner you take the survey, the more chances you have to win a prize. And, really, we all win the more people who participate."

The survey results will be used to improve the work environment and the engagement of faculty and staff to their work, he said.

"One aspiration of the 'Iowa Promise,' the UI's strategic plan, is to attract the most talented faculty, staff, and students." Ward said. "To do that we need to make certain that staff and faculty feel valued, are involved in decision-making, and have opportunities to move ahead in their careers. The university needs to listen to and respect their ideas. These are very basic fundamentals of a high performance work environment."

For more information on the Working At Iowa survey, see the Web site at

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