Organizational Effectiveness-Working at Iowa

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Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

20 Working at Iowa Survey

UI staff and faculty completed the 2020 UI Working at Iowa survey Oct. 19-30. UI Health Care personnel also completed a similar survey—Working at Iowa powered by Press Ganey—in October. 

The 2020 Working at Iowa survey used the same questions as the 2018 survey administered to non-health care employees. Responses continue to identify the strengths of the university workforce and culture.

The survey also included questions about behaviors shown by research to reflect employee engagement, specifically how people invest at work by: 

  • Physically giving their full effort
  • Mentally paying close attention to their work
  • Emotionally caring about what they do

The following statements received high levels of agreement from survey respondents and indicated areas of strength for the campus:

  • I know my work expectations and understand how my job fits into the overall mission of the university.
  • My supervisor treats me with respect.
  • I would recommend the UI to a friend seeking employment.
  • My unit provides a supportive environment to retain individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Individuals in my unit are civil and respectful to each other.

Data from survey items will help prioritize workplace practices and conditions most likely to support engagement across the university and within individual colleges and divisions.

2020 Working at Iowa Results

For key results from the 2020 survey, see the Working at Iowa executive summary. The full report of university-wide results is available as a PDF download.

Departments can explore a guide to using Working at Iowa results. Units that had 10 or more employee respondents can receive local-level reports.

2018 Working at Iowa Survey

The previous Working at Iowa survey in 2018 also indicated University of Iowa faculty and staff felt a high level of engagement with their work. In 2018, 11,148 regular staff and faculty—or nearly 60% of the eligible population—responded, a completion rate that matched the 2016 survey.