Penn asks employees for honest opinions

Penn Staff Survey

What’s your take on this 273-year-old institution called the University of Pennsylvania? Are you proud to call yourself a Penn employee? Do you feel respected and appreciated, with opportunities for career advancement? Can you recommend the University as a workplace to others?

Penn wants to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Recently, the University announced via email that a staff survey was underway to gain better insight into opinions about Penn as a workplace. In the email, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price, and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli encouraged all employees to provide honest, forthright answers.

“Only through your input and candid feedback can we accurately gauge how Penn measures up and what we can do to make the University an even better place to work,” the email read.

Staff members should have received a personalized email Feb. 28 from Aon Hewitt, an independent third-party consultant that is leading the survey and will conduct the analysis of the results. To take the survey, simply click on the link provided and follow the directions. There are no right or wrong answers.

Employees have until March 15 to fill out the online survey. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

“We’re proud of Penn’s passionate and committed staff members,” says Jack Heuer, vice president of the Division of Human Resources. “We strive to provide the best possible work environment so they can grow and thrive in their careers here. That’s why we want to hear their perspectives about Penn’s work culture.”

The survey enables staff members to offer their perspectives on their overall employment experiences at Penn, including career opportunities, administrative leadership, and organizational reputation.

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As of December 2012, Penn has a total regular work force of more than 16,700 faculty and staff.

Heuer says the staff survey results will help Penn build on successes and explore opportunities for enhancement. The query is the University’s first large-scale staff survey in recent history, and the results will provide a baseline to measure against future survey results.

Aon Hewitt assures that individual comments or responses will not be provided to anyone at the University; only an aggregated summary and analysis of the results will be reported to Penn so they can be shared with the various departments and divisions.

The University plans to use the aggregated feedback to focus attention on Penn’s culture, work environment, and various job aspects.

The aggregated results will be made available to the University community this summer.

For more information, visit the HR website or contact your local HR representative.

Originally published on March 7, 2013