University of Colorado Boulder Human Resources has released the latest survey data about employee engagement. Conducted by Arthur Gallagher, a consulting firm, the survey included dozens of questions organized around “drivers” of engagement such as innovation, growth, leadership and rewards. 

Previous survey data collected in 2020 and in 2017 indicated significant opportunities for improved engagement among staff, so the College of Arts and Sciences launched initiatives that targeted this population. As a result, several changes were implemented in the college, including the launch of the Be Heard employee-engagement program and the Be Well wellness program. 

Among staff, 2023 data indicate the following areas of strengths or potential improvement:

  • Faculty and staff treating each other with respect.
  • Policy and practices that protect against discrimination and harassment.
  • Retaining the most talented faculty and staff.
  • Orientation.
  • Progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion.

Among faculty, 2023 data indicate the following areas of strengths or potential improvement:

  • Understanding vision and priorities.
  • Recognition of accomplishments.
  • Transparency and fairness.
  • A belief that CU Boulder is changing for the better.
  • Having an affinity with the university.

The data indicate areas for improved faculty engagement specifically related to campus executive-level leadership, communication, onboarding, prioritization and responsiveness to feedback.

Arthur Gallagher has provided access to the 2023 engagement survey at the unit level to supervisors whose units have five or more respondents. Supervisors will have access to data only for units they oversee, unless the units received fewer than five survey responses. Additionally, everyone may access the college-level data using this link.

The college takes these results seriously and encourages all employees to contribute to growing employee engagement. The college will continue to analyze these results and look for opportunities to support the significant progress we have made while addressing key opportunities for continued improvement.

Below are links to college-wide survey results, faculty results and staff results. There also is a link to a “jam board” showing staff comments during a college community meeting in March 2023.

College survey overview  Staff survey overview   Faculty survey overview  'Jam board' from March 2023 community meeting