We’re about 10 days away from the end of the You Count! Employee Satisfaction Survey. The deadline is Feb. 23. Out of fairness on the prize drawing, I imagine the deadline will not get extended, so if you want a shot at the cash or the cruise, track down one of the emails sent to you by Watson Wyatt (the company that conducts the survey and assures individual responses are kept confidential).
I heard today that the response rate so far has actually been pretty good. For the first time, it’s all online this year. And based on feedback and how well it worked last year, everyone’s being surveyed at once in 2007. I think the attitude among some of us was/has been ”why bother?” While I wouldn’t presume to guess what’s in your head and don’t think anyone would be surprised (my guess is folks expect) to see a dip in what had been good overall and steadily climbing satisfaction rates, there’s something to be said for staying the course. It probably would be pretty easy to survey employees when one expects the results to be the rosy, pretty picture you like to pitch in brochures and commercials. But if a tool like this has any true value, one needs data that spans the spectrum of experience, of emotion, of the campus climate. You need people who will share how they honestly feel, and only then will you know the full results of any actions past, present or future. Whether you’re loving life at UTMB or experiencing times a little less joyful, I’d encourage you to take advantage of this chance to help get us/keep us on track.