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2020 Staff Engagement Survey

Make your voice heard!

All Vanderbilt University staff members are encouraged to participate in the 2020 Staff Engagement Survey Feb. 5–21. The survey is a confidential way for university leaders to collect feedback in order to recognize what Vanderbilt is doing well and where improvements are needed. The goal of the survey is to create a stronger workplace. The survey is part of the university’s broader commitment to listening to students, faculty and staff to build trust, transparency and teamwork across the university.

The survey will measure staff engagement, which indicates employees’ investment in and enthusiasm for their work. The survey is focused on items aimed at measuring the individual needs of staff and the degree to which Vanderbilt is providing clarity, support, encouragement and development for all.

All part-time and full-time benefits-eligible staff are eligible to take the survey, which will be administered by Gallup, an independent research-based consulting company. The confidential web-based survey consists of approximately 40 questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Taking the survey

  • Staff members will receive instructions in an email from on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The subject line will include Vanderbilt Staff Engagement Survey .
  • The confidential survey is taken online, and paper versions will not be available. Computer labs for employees who do not have computer access will be held in the Baker Building 10th Floor Training Room at the following times:
    • Feb. 11: 7–11 a.m.
    • Feb. 19: 4–7 p.m.
  • The survey will close on Friday, Feb. 21.

 Survey is confidential 

Gallup will administer the entire survey independently of Vanderbilt. The university only receives the aggregated results. If you are in a small department, your answers will be combined with other responses to ensure confidentiality. If an insufficient number of staff participate in the survey in any given workgroup, the report will show results for larger, relevant groups in the organization. No one at Vanderbilt will have access to data that identifies specific staff responses.

For more information about the survey, read the FAQ.

For questions, contact