Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey

The University of Alberta will launch its first engagement survey from October 7 to 20. The survey is jointly sponsored by the Vice-President (Finance and Administration) and the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Engagement is about a work environment that allows each of us to excel as individuals and together; where we feel valued, supported, and energized. It’s about experiencing a sense of purpose, and a connection to our work, colleagues, and to the University.

Employees will receive a unique link to the survey via email. This confidential online survey is a voluntary opportunity for employees to provide their insights in developing an engaged work environment and share feedback on teaching, researching, and working at the University of Alberta. Faculty and staff engagement, a component of an overall University engagement strategy, is one of the measures identified as a key driver in achieving the University’s goals and objectives outlined in the For the Public Good strategy.

  • 1. What are the key things I need to know?

    The online survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete and can be completed on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Employees will receive a unique link to the survey via email. These links are maintained exclusively by TalentMap. As each link is unique, employees cannot share their link with colleagues as a way to access the survey.

    Employees who are active on October 1, 2019 and have equal to or greater than three months of service will receive an email from TalentMap:

    • all continuing and temporary academic staff
    • salaried support staff
    • excluded staff
    • postdoctoral fellows

    The scope will not include employees who are:

    • employed graduate students or undergraduate students
    • casual support staff
    • those who have already completed the survey (Human Resource Services, Faculty of Education, Facilities and Operations)

  • 2. What is employee engagement?

    Employee engagement is defined as “a heightened emotional and intellectual connection that a faculty or staff member has with their position, organization/manager/or co-workers that, in turn, influences them to apply additional discretionary effort to their work.” (TalentMap, Napa Networks Inc.).

    Organizations with high engagement create an environment where members feel valued, supported and excel as individuals and teams. The responses from this survey will help leaders understand what the University is doing well, and where the University can improve in fostering engagement in the work environment.

  • 3. What company will administer the survey?
    The survey will be administered by TalentMap, a leading organization that specializes in workplace engagement and benchmarking. The University of Alberta will be able to benchmark results against other institutions. Talent Map’s technology platform has been assessed and approved through the University’s privacy and information review process.
  • 4. Will it be confidential?

    TalentMap will ensure confidentiality of responses, enabling participants to provide open and honest feedback. Surveys do not have personal identifiers and participants are not asked to provide any personal identification such as name, birth date or employee ID.

    Survey result reports will only be provided for groups with greater than 7 responses. Your manager will not see your individual responses.

  • 5. What will be done with the survey results?

    We expect to share the results with units starting in late Fall. The survey results will help University leaders understand what we’re doing well and where we can improve to create a work environment that fosters engagement. Units will work with the results to look for key engagement drivers and will be expected to develop action plans to respond and focus on those key drivers that arise from the results.  

  • 6. How were the survey questions chosen?
    In preparation for the university-wide engagement survey, a pilot survey was initiated collaboratively by Human Resource Services and the Faculty of Education. The survey content and questions were developed with a collective effort involving a Steering Committee, a Working Group, and TalentMap, drawing from TalentMap’s question library, which has been tested for validity and reliability. There are several questions unique to the University of Alberta, where benchmarking against other institutions may not be available. 
  • 7. Can I change my responses after submitting?
    No. After you complete the survey and click the “submit” button, you will not be able to re‐use the  link or change your responses. Once you have submitted your responses, they are saved and locked.
  • 8. I have done a few surveys recently, how is this one different?
    The University of Alberta is asking for feedback on several topics to better understand the perspectives of our faculty, staff and stakeholders. This survey is focused on the experience of faculty and staff in the work environment and how it impacts engagement.
  • 9. Accessibility

    The survey will be translated into French for Campus Saint-Jean.

    If you do not have a computer available to you in the course of your regular duties, you can access a computer to complete the survey at one of the university libraries or contacting your supervisor to help arrange computer access for you.

    The survey is accessible for individuals who use screen readers such as JAWS. If you are having any difficulty accessing the survey please contact TalentMap at 1-888-641-1113 or info@talentmap.com.