Earlier this week, UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., shared campuswide results from the 2019 RESPECT Employee Engagement Survey taken by all faculty and staff earlier this year.
The survey was the first step in a multi-year effort to provide UNO with the best information, feedback and resources to aid in identifying areas for continued growth and opportunities for change.
Following an impressive 72 percent response rate, the commitment to providing important information, feedback and resources to make the UNO campus an amazing and supportive place to work.
These campuswide results can be found online through a secure UNO website portal that requires a proper NetID login and access to a secure UNO network. Off-campus access will require logging in remotely from a VPN.
In the coming weeks and months, there will be opportunities to provide guidance at the unit and campuswide level as the Maverick community identifies areas for continuous quality improvement.
Chancellor Gold's full email is included below. For general questions about the Employee Engagement Survey, please contact Laura Wakefield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four months ago I wrote to thank you for your participation in UNO's first RESPECT Employee Engagement Survey. At that time I shared that more than 72% of employees participated in the survey, sending a strong message of your collective dedication to UNO and continuous quality improvement of our university.
Today, I would like to take the time to briefly share high-level results of the survey, which can also be found on the UNO website. In doing so, I also want to reaffirm my personal commitment, and the commitment of our campus leadership, to continue improving where we are strong, while also addressing areas where there is opportunity for growth.
I am pleased to report that we received many positive responses through the survey that showed that UNO provides a dynamic place to work, that you are proud to work here, and that you view our mission as incredibly important. I couldn't agree more. Our academic and engagement mission impacts our city, state, country and world - and that should make any Maverick proud.
But, as with any organization, there are areas where we can do better.
It is clear from the survey results that trust and communication, particularly among administration, are not meeting expectations. It was also clear that we can also improve communications and understanding around the university's compensation plan.
I hear you and it is my commitment to you to address these issues.
To that end, I am asking every unit on campus to take time to review these results, as well as results that speak to their specific areas, and help design goals and action plans to be carried out in the coming months and years as we strive for continuous growth.
On my end, I will always be available to listen to your concerns, help explain important campus decisions and partner on supporting new and innovative ideas.
I am confident we can achieve whatever goals we set for ourselves because I have seen, firsthand, how open lines of communication and willingness to discuss ideas can lead to important initiatives. Your thoughtful ideas have led to important new programs and initiatives in just the past year, including:
- Reduced membership fees for faculty and staff at Campus Recreation
- The expansion of lactation spaces and sharing information about existing spaces for new mothers on campus
- Developing resources including a leave program, in coordination with the University of Nebraska system, to assist those impacted by the spring flooding
- An upcoming staff professional development program led by Staff Advisory Council
As we prepare to begin a new academic year and recommit ourselves to serving our students as Omaha's premier metropolitan university, I hope you will join me in strengthening our commitment to each other as a true Maverick family.
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.