When Case Western Reserve staff first participated in a campuswide climate survey in 2014, one of the suggestions offered became the basis for a summer program where employees could leave two hours early on Fridays—and still be paid for the time.

This week marks the launch of the second staff climate survey, and Vice President for Human Resources Carolyn Gregory hopes staff will be at least as enthusiastic in offering feedback and recommendations in 2016.

“We said at the time that we would take action based on staff responses,” she said. “We meant it then—and we mean it this year, too.”

The survey closes at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9. The survey is available online.

A total of 1,175 people completed the 2014 survey, which included 35 questions covering such subjects as what first appealed to them about working for the university and how their attitudes toward the institution have evolved over time. Other topics included compensation, benefits, diversity and wellness programs.

In 2014:

  • just over a third of respondents said that the competiveness of their compensation was about the same over the past five years, while just over half said it had become worse or much worse. About 15 percent reported their compensation had grown more competitive;
  • more than three-quarters of respondents said their health benefit plan was sufficient to meet their needs;
  • more than three-quarters also said that the university had enhanced the diversity of its faculty, staff and students over the past five years; and
  • more than 80 percent said they believed the university values wellness as an element of Case Western Reserve’s success.

This year’s survey includes many of the same questions to see whether perspectives have changed over time, as well as some additional ones included after consultation with the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The new questions focus largely on perceptions of supervisors’ support for staff in various areas, as well as other activities.

“The university conducted the first survey in part at the encouragement of the Staff Advisory Council,” Gregory said. “We have continued to work closely with SAC representatives since, and appreciate their engagement with this survey and many other activities they lead on behalf of their colleagues.”

For those who would like to copy the survey link and paste it in their browsers, the URL is https://cwru.staff climate survey 2016.

Again, the deadline is 5 p.m. May 9.