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Staff Survey: What is it like to work at Northwestern?

University to conduct first-ever staff member survey this fall

This fall, Northwestern staff members will be asked to share their thoughts about what it’s like to work at the University. Northwestern will conduct its first-ever staff survey in November to identify what individuals value, what motivates them and how they experience the University.

Related: Learn more about the 2017 Staff Survey

“Staff engagement and contributions are essential to Northwestern’s future trajectory as a world renowned academic and research institution,” said Provost Jonathan Holloway. “We all share a commitment to engaging and inspiring one another to do our very best work. Not only is this critical to supporting our individual professional pursuits, but it is fundamental to our continued organizational growth, success and pre-eminence as a world-class university.”

All part-time and full-time benefits-eligible staff will receive multiple alerts regarding the 2017 Staff Survey, which will run Nov. 1-17.

Northwestern is collaborating with the external firm Aon Hewitt, which will administer the 2017 Staff Survey, collect responses and report results over the course of the academic year. Recognizing that open, honest feedback is key to a successful survey, no member of management or any other staff at Northwestern will have access to data that identifies specific staff members.

Survey objectives

  • Listen: Invite staff to share feedback so Northwestern better understands what is important to them.
  • Gain insights: Establish a baseline, highlight best practices and help focus future actions and priorities.
  • Take action: Retain and attract the best people, helping them have fulfilling careers while driving increased productivity.

Learn more about the 2017 Staff Survey.

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