Working at Iowa Survey 2018

University of Iowa faculty and staff continue to report a high level of engagement with their work in support of the university’s mission and strategic goals, according to the 2018 Working at Iowa Survey.  This year’s Working at Iowa Survey was administered to 18,635 regular faculty and staff over the period of October 5–19, 2018; 11,148 or nearly 60% of the eligible population responded.  This level of participation matches that of the 2016 survey.

This year’s survey used the same twenty questions as the 2016 survey, and responses continue to identify the strengths of the university workforce and culture.  The following questions received high levels of agreement from survey respondents and indicate areas of strength for 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, and
  • Individuals in my unit are civil and respectful to each other.

The 2018 survey also included new survey questions about behaviors shown by research to reflect employee engagement, specifically how people personally invest their energy in their jobs in terms of: 

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

The data from these additional survey items will help prioritize workplace practices or conditions that are most likely to support engagement across the university and within individual colleges and divisions.

PDF icon2018 Executive Summary (pdf)

PDF icon2018 University Report (pdf)

More information on responding to the Working at Iowa results coming soon.

MORE: See this Iowa Now story for more information about this year's survey, including new questions designed to assess employee engagement.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Working at Iowa Survey is a tool for continuous improvement. As a confidential survey asking faculty and staff how they feel about their work environment, the results provide insight into the strengths of the university as a place to work, as well as opportunities to improve the work experience for faculty and staff.

Employee engagement is an emotional connection an employee feels for her or his organization that results in greater discretionary effort on the part of the employee. Engaged employees are more satisfied with their work and generally deliver stronger results.

All regular faculty and staff will receive an Oct. 3 email with "Working at Iowa Survey 2018" in the subject line. A link within the email will provide access to the survey. The survey may be completed anywhere you receive your university email. It may be completed during working hours or at a time outside of work. If you don't have access to a computer or if you prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, ask your supervisor, a Survey Ambassador, or your unit's human resources representative.