(Richard Dawson and the gameshow Family Feud. How many of you remember that?)
I mentioned in an earlier post that the next Impact was going to have a summary of the You Count results. If you can’t wait, the info is also posted to the You Count web site at http://intranet.utmb.edu/youcount/. There’s the article from Impact and a PDF with more that 300 pages of results. (If you are off campus you may still be able to get to this by replacing “intranet” with “www.”
I scanned all the results pretty quickly. A few impressions: First, factoring that the survey followed what was probably the lowest point in the 10 plus years I’ve experienced at UTMB, the overall results are pretty darn good. I know how I responded—I’ll admit that I expressed my frustration and concern in a few places. But I tried to be honest and fair, and it looks like many of you might have done the same, based on what are a lot of positive responses in important areas. If, when things were at their darkest, so many of us still saw the good, it speaks well for our future.
Second point that jumps out: overall, faculty were not happy when You Count rolled around. Neither were the 60 or so Police Department members who responded. I imagine the faculty compensation plan, lots of changes and general unrest factored in the former, I’m not sure what the drivers were with the latter. In any case, I hope the tide is turning for those of you who felt so disenfranchised.
Third point: There’s a lot less love going down for executive leadership in this survey than we’ve seen in the past, which if you recall the strife caused by the “N” word (Navigant), the leadership changes, the uncertainty about a lot of things, it’s not a surprise. Removed a few months, it doesn’t seem like it was that bad, but that’s ’cause time heals all.
Fourth and final point: love it or hate it, You Count! seems to work. The participation numbers are strong, which means we’re getting a good picture of ourselves, and the responses seem to confirm what many of us would have intuitively guessed they might be, at least in many areas. The trick now is to act on what we learn about ourselves, to make this an even greater and better place to work.