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The survey was open for responses April 13 – May 3, 2022. Results will be shared in fall 2022.

Staff Climate Survey 2022

Note:  Information regarding this survey is also available in Español, Hmoob, བོད་ཡིག Tibetan, 中文 Chinese, and नेपाली Nepali.

Help UW–Madison Improve Our Campus Work Environment

UW–Madison is committed to creating a community where every person feels safe, valued, like they belong, and set up for success. We recognize employees experience the campus work environment differently. The 2022 Staff Climate Survey will help campus understand these differences, identify best practices, and make improvements.

You are not required to complete the survey. However, the more responses we receive, the better we can see issues and patterns that suggest either things that are working well or that need to be fixed. The survey includes questions about your workplace environment, work unit, relationship with your supervisor, remote work policy, and more. Demographic questions at the end of the survey provide context to help better understand the data and identify trends. All questions on the survey are optional.

Supervisors are expected to allow employees to complete the survey during work time while in pay status. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

The Staff Climate Survey is being administered by the UW Survey Center. The survey will be available from April 12 until May 3. All permanent academic and university staff, limited appointees who do not hold a faculty appointment, and post-docs can take the survey. The Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute is conducting a separate survey of faculty members.

The survey is confidential. Supervisors and other campus leaders will never see answers connected to a particular individual.

Survey results will guide decisions and shape policies and practices that help create a workplace where everyone feels valued and able to contribute. We will analyze results during summer 2022 and share them in fall 2022. Results will be shared while protecting the confidential nature of the survey.

Our success as a university depends on the success of each member of our community. We value your feedback!

Distribution and Completion

The UW Survey Center will email a link to all eligible employees on April 12. Paper versions will be available for employees who do not use computers regularly for their jobs or do not feel comfortable completing the survey electronically. We encourage employees who have regular access to a computer to complete the survey electronically so that we can more easily collect your responses and more quickly share our findings.

  • Electronic distribution: The electronic survey will be available in Chinese, English, Hmong, Nepali, Spanish and Tibetan. You must use the unique link that was sent to you via email to access the survey. You can complete the survey at your workstation or by visiting one of the campus InfoLab locations. You may use your personal mobile phone or tablet to complete the survey.
  • Paper distribution: The paper version of the survey will also be available in Chinese, English, Hmong, Nepali, Spanish and Tibetan. Paper versions of the survey are available to all employees who do not use computers regularly for their jobs or do not feel comfortable completing the survey electronically. Paper copies will be distributed at help sessions offered on April 20, 21, 26 and 27. (Please see the “Additional Support” section below for event locations and times.) The sessions will be facilitated in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali. Cultural Linguistic Services will provide language assistance and facilitation. Sessions will be held during daytime and late-night work hours. If you are unable to attend one of the help sessions, you can request a paper copy via email or by phone.
    • Email staffclimatesurvey@wisc.edu
    • Call
      • English: (608) 265-2257
      • ESPAÑOL / SPANISH: (608) 265-0838
      • HMOOB / HMONG: (608) 263-2217
      • བོད་ཡིག / TIBETAN: (608) 890-2545
      • 中文 / CHINESE: (608) 890-2628
      • नेपाली / NEPALI: (608) 262-7521

Additional Support

There will be in-person sessions to provide employees with the time and place to complete the paper survey. The sessions will be facilitated in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali. Cultural Linguistic Services will provide language assistance and facilitation. These sessions are offered during daytime and late-night work hours.

Gordon Dining & Event Center
4/20/2022
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Check-in opens at 8:45 a.m.

  • Public pay for parking available if capacity allows at Lake & Johnson (lot 46) and Fluno Center Garage (lot 83). Validation provided at event.

Gordon Dining & Event Center
4/21/2022
8:00–9:30 p.m.
Check-in opens at 7:45 p.m

  • Public pay for parking available if capacity allows at Lake & Johnson (lot 46) and Fluno Center Garage (lot 83). Validation provided at event.
  • Lot 91 will be off control for parking permits from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. to allow for parking at events.
  • Lot 61, 94 are within a 5-6 minute walk from Gordon and will not monitored from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Gordon Dining & Event Center
4/21/2022
11:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Check-in opens at 10:45 p.m

  • Public pay for parking available if capacity allows at Lake & Johnson (lot 46) and Fluno Center Garage (lot 83). Validation provided at event.
  • Lot 91 will be off control for parking permits from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. to allow for parking at events.
  • Lot 61, 94 are within a 5-6 minute walk from Gordon and will not monitored from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Health Sciences Learning Center
4/26/2022
8:00–9:30 p.m.
Check-in opens at 7:45 p.m.

  • Public pay for parking also available if capacity allows at UW Hospital Ramp (lot 75). Validation provided at event.
  • Lot 74 will be taken off control for parking permits from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. to allow for parking at events
  • Lot 82, 60, 64 are all within a 5-6 minute walk from HSLC and will not monitored from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Health Sciences Learning Center
4/26/2022
11:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Check-in opens at 10:45 p.m.

  • Public pay for parking also available if capacity allows at UW Hospital Ramp (lot 75). Validation provided at event.
  • Lot 74 will be taken off control for parking permits from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. to allow for parking at events
  • Lot 82, 60, 64 are all within a 5-6 minute walk from HSLC and will not monitored from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Gordon Dining & Event Center
4/27/2022
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Check-in opens at 1:45 p.m.

  • Public pay for parking available if capacity allows at Lake & Johnson (lot 46) and Fluno Center Garage (lot 83). Validation provided at event.

Public transportation to the help sessions is also available.

  • Route 80–provides service from roughly 6:00 a.m. until roughly midnight, has stop directly next to Gordon Commons and HSLC
  • Route 82–provides service from roughly 7:00 p.m. to roughly 2:00 a.m., has stop directly next to Gordon Commons and has stop at WARF Office approximately 6 minutes walking (0.3 miles) from HSLC

FAQs: Background

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What is the purpose of the survey?

The Staff Climate Survey will help campus leaders understand perceptions about the campus climate, including how people of different backgrounds and identities experience working at UW–Madison. Survey results will show us what we are doing well and where we can do better.

The survey also condenses multiple staff climate surveys administered on campus into one survey. This reduces the administrative burden on schools, colleges and divisions. One survey means we can compare data across the university.

What does climate mean in the context of the survey?

For the staff survey, “climate” will refer broadly to all aspects of the work environment, including your work unit, relationship with your supervisor, etc.

Who created the survey?

The survey is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. The survey questions were developed by a working group of representatives from across campus including the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement, Office of Human Resources, the UW Survey Center, and the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute.

What is the UW Survey Center?

The University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) is a prominent, academic survey research institution. UWSC has conducted thousands of studies working in the field of survey research since its inception in 1987. UWSC is entrusted with extremely sensitive data for surveys that include campus-wide and unit-level climate surveys, large federally funded survey projects, and department and college surveys.

UWSC stakes their reputation on maintaining confidentiality. UWSC does not share identifiers with their UW administration partners. In addition, all UWSC employees have signed agreements of confidentiality stating that no confidential data will be released from UWSC. The UW Survey Center’s policies and standards on confidentiality are available on its website.

Didn’t I just complete a survey about my experiences with campus services?

The provost and vice chancellor for finance and administration recently conducted the Administrative Quality Satisfaction Survey (AQSS). The AQSS survey closed in late February. It was an entirely separate survey that asked participants to reflect on their experience with eight categories of administrative services. The 2022 Staff Climate Survey includes questions about your workplace environment, work unit, relationship with your supervisor, etc. Regardless of your participation in AQSS, please complete the 2022 Staff Climate Survey to help university leadership understand how people of different backgrounds, identities and careers experience employment at UW–Madison.

What happened to the Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity (EID) Survey?

The Staff Climate Survey will replace the EID Survey in 2022. Employees who have taken the EID Survey in the past will see many of the same questions on the Staff Climate Survey. Using the same (or similar) questions allows the finance and administration units to track changes over time and measure progress. Employees who were expecting to take the EID Survey this year should complete the Staff Climate Survey.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration launched the EID Survey in 2012. Employees in the reporting units had the opportunity to take the survey every other year through 2020. The vice chancellor for finance and administration remains committed to the EID principles and improving the work experience for all employees.

Why are you asking demographic and other questions about my identity?

Demographic questions at the end of the survey provide context to help better understand the data and identify trends. All questions on the survey are optional.

FAQs: Participation

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Is the survey confidential?

Yes. The UW Survey Center is administering the survey and using procedures to ensure confidentiality regardless of whether you take the survey electronically or on paper. Your supervisor, coworkers, and campus leaders will never see your name with your answers. Your responses will be combined with those from other staff so that you cannot be identified. Survey results from units with fewer than 10 responses will be included with the next highest organizational level to protect your identity. Written responses that might reveal your identity will not be shared.

Who can take the survey?

Around 16,800 permanent academic and university staff, limited appointees who do not hold a faculty appointment, and post-docs can take the survey.

How long will the survey take to finish?

Approximately 15 minutes. If you can’t complete the survey in one session, you can save your progress and finish it later.

Am I required to take the survey?

No. You are not required to complete the survey. However, we hope that you will! This survey is an opportunity to share details about your work experiences. Surveys work best when participation rates are high. We value your feedback to help us make good decisions about improvements in our workplace.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For technical questions about the survey, please contact UW Survey Center Project Director Nadia Assad at assad@wisc.edu.

For general information about the survey — including its goals and how the information will be used — please contact the survey planning team at staffclimatesurvey@wisc.edu.

How can I get help completing the survey?

There will be in-person sessions to provide employees with the time and place to complete the paper survey. The sessions will be facilitated in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali. Cultural Linguistic Services will provide language assistance and facilitation. The sessions will be offered during daytime and late-night work hours. Advance registration is not required. Please see the “Additional Support” section for event locations and times.

I'm a student employee on campus. Why can't I participate in the survey?

Students were invited to participate in the Student Campus Climate Survey during the fall 2021 semester. More than 13,000 students shared their thoughts, experiences, and concerns about campus. Learn more about the student survey including when results, key findings and recommendations will be shared.

I’m a member of UW–Madison’s faculty. How can I share my experiences?

The Study of Faculty Worklife is a longitudinal climate survey of faculty. The seventh wave of the study is currently in the field. You should have received a paper survey mailed to your home. Please contact Jennifer Sheridan for more information or assistance with the faculty survey.

FAQs: Accessing the Survey

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How will I get the 2022 Staff Climate Survey?

The survey will be available electronically and in paper form. The UW Survey Center will email a link to all eligible employees on April 12. Paper versions will be available for employees who do not use computers regularly for their jobs or do not feel comfortable completing the survey electronically. Both versions of the survey will be available in Chinese, English, Hmong, Nepali, Spanish and Tibetan.

We encourage employees who have regular access to a computer to complete the survey electronically so that we can more easily collect your responses and more quickly share our findings.

Can I respond to a paper survey instead?

Employees can take a paper survey at the in-person help sessions offered on April 20, 21, 26 and 27. (Please see the “Additional Support” section for event locations and times.) The in-person sessions provide employees with the time and place to complete the paper survey. The sessions will be facilitated in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan, Chinese, and Nepali. Cultural Linguistic Services will provide language assistance and facilitation. The sessions will be offered during daytime and late-night work hours. Advance registration is not required.

If you are unable to attend a help session, you can request a paper copy via email or by phone. A paper version will be mailed to your home address after getting your request.

  • Email staffclimatesurvey@wisc.edu
  • Call
    • English: (608) 265-2257
    • ESPAÑOL / SPANISH: (608) 265-0838
    • HMOOB / HMONG: (608) 263-2217
    • བོད་ཡིག / TIBETAN: (608) 890-2545
    • 中文 / CHINESE: (608) 890-2628
    • नेपाली / NEPALI: (608) 262-7521

We encourage employees who have regular access to a computer to complete the survey electronically so that we can more easily collect your responses and more quickly share our findings.

Can I take the survey during work time?

Yes. Supervisors are expected to be flexible and allow employees to take the survey during work hours and in pay status. This includes allowing time to commute to and from a campus Infolab location or an in-person help session.

Will the survey be available in multiple languages?

Yes. Both electronic and paper versions of the survey will be available in Chinese, English, Hmong, Nepali, Spanish, and Tibetan.

How can I get a copy of the paper survey if I am unable to attend a help session?

You can request a paper copy via email or by phone. A paper version will be mailed to your home address after getting your request.

  • Email staffclimatesurvey@wisc.edu
  • Call
    • English: (608) 265-2257
    • ESPAÑOL / SPANISH: (608) 265-0838
    • HMOOB / HMONG: (608) 263-2217
    • བོད་ཡིག / TIBETAN: (608) 890-2545
    • 中文 / CHINESE: (608) 890-2628
    • नेपाली / NEPALI: (608) 262-7521

What link do I use to access the survey electronically?

You must use the link provided by the UW Survey Center to access the survey. You will or should have received an invitation to the survey (including the link) in your campus email on Tuesday, April 12. You can find it by searching your email for “Staff Climate Survey.”

How do I return my paper survey?

You can complete and return paper surveys at the help sessions. If you request a copy of the paper survey to be sent to your home address, it will include a self-addressed return envelope that you can drop in regular United States Postal Service mail.

If you are unable to complete your survey during the help session or misplace the self-addressed return envelope, you can return your completed paper survey to one of eight drop boxes on campus. Dropboxes are located at:

  • 21 N. Park OHR Lobby, Suite 5101; Monday–Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Apartment Facilities Office, 2902 Haight Road; Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Bascom Hall, University Staff Shared Governance Leadership Office, Room 271; Monday–Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Dining and Culinary Service Admin Office, Room B116A; Monday-Friday, 8:00–10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Health Sciences Learning Center, Classroom and AV Support Office, Room 1240; Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Helen C. White College Library; Sunday, opens at 11:00 a.m., begin 24 hours; Monday– Thursday, open 24 hours; Friday, closes at 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
  • Turner Hall Facilities Office, Room B103; Monday–Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Union South Information Desk; Daily, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

FAQs: Looking Ahead

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What's next?

We will analyze results during summer 2022 and share them in fall 2022.

Will the survey be given again?

We plan for the staff climate survey to be given every two or three years. Details about the next survey will be communicated with you before it is available.

Additional Questions

For technical questions about the survey, please contact UW Survey Center Project Director Nadia Assad at assad@wisc.edu.

For general information about the survey — including its goals and how the information will be used — please contact the survey planning team at staffclimatesurvey@wisc.edu.