Working at Iowa Survey


  • Working at Iowa: What Does it Mean?  Does it Matter? - Assistant Professor Eean Crawford, Management and Organizations, Tippie College of Business


One of the strategies to achieve strategic success is through engaged faculty and staff who (1) feel valued, (2) are involved in decision making, (3) have their ideas heard and respected, (4) have opportunities to further their career and/or work-related responsibilities, and (5) believe their well-being is important.

More information at:

Employers Want a Lot More From Their Managers, J. Harter, and A. Adkins, Gallup Business Journal, April 2015
Engagement Toolkit for Managers and Leaders, Engagement @ Harvard

What is Engagement?

Employee engagement is a heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization that results in greater discretionary effort on the part of the employee for his or her work.

Research Shows That Engagement Occurs Due To:

  • Trust and integrity - how well managers communicate and "walk the talk"
  • Nature of the job - Is it mentally stimulating day-to-day?
  • Line of sight between employee performance and organizational performance - Does the employee understand how their work contributes to the organization's performance?
  • Career Growth opportunities - Are there future opportunities for growth?
  • Pride about the organization - How much self-esteem does the employee feel by being associated with their organization?
  • Coworkers/team members - significantly influence one's level of engagement
  • Employee development - Is the organization making an effort to develop the employee's skills?
  • Relationship with one's manager - Does the employee value his or her relationship with his or her manager?

For more information on employee engagement, review Purposeful Work, by Patricia Soldati, March 8, 2007. 

Recorded Presentations on employee engagement are also available through "myquickcoach":