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Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

As an employee of Purdue, you’re invited to offer your opinions about your workplace by taking the Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey any time from April 21 through May 5. To learn more about the survey, read through these frequently asked questions and answers.

What is the Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey?
It is a brief survey that provides an opportunity for employees to identify Purdue’s strengths and weaknesses as a workplace. It is an important way we have to improve our own work experience and Purdue overall. Please set aside about 30 minutes to share your opinions.

What is Purdue interested in? Why does it matter?
One of the areas Purdue is interested in is the area of “employee engagement,” which refers to the psychological connection employees feel to their jobs. It goes beyond job satisfaction to reflect how invested and connected employees feel in the success of their teams and the organization. We know through research that high levels of employee engagement link directly to positive organizational outcomes, including productivity, retention and cost-efficiency. Most importantly, engaged employees get more out of their work. They have opportunities to do what they do best every day.

Why is the Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey being conducted?
The Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey is an opportunity for staff to identify issues and to help make positive changes at their workplace. Purdue’s senior leaders believe in the value of the survey and will take the results very seriously.

Who is invited to participate this year?
More than 7,200 non-academic staff are invited to take the survey. This includes all Administrative/Professional staff and Clerical and Service Staff.

Why should I participate?
Sharing your thoughts about your work environment will help drive real change. It is one of the best ways we have to voice our opinions with the goal of improving our own work lives and Purdue overall. The survey is also an investment in us as employees to ensure that we have what we need to be successful.

Is the survey voluntary?
Yes. Participating in the survey allows you to express your opinions and help make a difference in your workplace. We really hope you will complete it.

Who is administering the Purdue Quality of Work Environment Initiative Employee Survey?
The advisory committee for this initiative is being led by Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Krannert and research director of the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, and Dr. Deborah Rupp, the William C. Byham Chair in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Committee members include representatives from APSAC, CSSAC and Human Resources. Dr. Rupp and Dr. Kossek are overseeing survey administration and data collection and analysis.

Is the survey confidential?
The online survey has been programmed so that no personally identifiable information (for example, your IP address) will be recorded – your survey responses will remain confidential. All data will be stored in a secure place, and the final dataset will contain no personally identifiable information such as names or email addresses. The results of the survey will be reported in the aggregate – group level trends and key themes will be shared, but your responses will not be reported individually.

What is the difference between anonymous and confidential?
Anonymous means that no one knows who is answering. Our goal is not to collect information anonymously. In order to know which people to group together for analysis, we need to be able to identify which people belong to which departments. However, any information that is provided will be kept completely confidential and private. Confidential means that your identity and answers will not be revealed or released. In addition, the Quality of Work Environment Initiative team will follow exceptionally strict procedures so that aggregated data that is reported remains anonymous and cannot be attributed to a specific employee.

When and how do I take the survey?
On April 21, you will receive an invitation generated by the Qualtrics survey program, with a link unique to you for participating in the survey. The survey is accessible online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from work or home, and you have until May 5 to complete it. Several computer labs with onsite assistance will be set up on campus for those who need computer access. A schedule of computer labs can be found on the project website -- www.purdue.edu/hr/qwei/.

How long will it take to complete the survey?
It will take about 30 minutes to complete the survey. You can start the survey, leave and come back to it, but you must finish the survey on the same computer you used to start the survey.

How will I get to the survey from a computer?
You will need the link that is embedded in the email invitation. That link is unique to you – don’t forward it to anyone else. If you are completing the survey from a computer in one of the computer labs, you will need to log into the computer using your Purdue ID and will then need to access your email and find the email invitation with your unique link.

Will I be given time to take the survey during work hours?
Yes. Completing the survey is very important, and each employee will have time to complete it. However, if you don’t have a chance at work, you can take the survey at home if you have Internet access.

My reading skills are not that strong/English is my second language. Will there be someone who can help me with the survey?
Yes. Each of the computer labs will be staffed by undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with the survey and the technology.  

How will the data be shared with the Purdue community?
Survey data will be reported in the aggregate – trends and general themes will be shared. Human Resources will get a summary report, and highlights from that report will be shared with the Purdue community through a Purdue Today article. Findings specific to a school or department will be shared with deans and department heads, but no specific information that could be tied to an individual or smaller group will be included. Instead, information reported in the aggregate allows the opinions of a larger group to be heard, but the individual employees cannot be identified.

Who do I call if I have general questions about the survey?
Additional information about the Quality of Work Environment Initiative and this survey can be found at http://www.purdue.edu/hr/qwei/. Questions may be directed to Lisa Burke, project manager, at workqual@purdue.edu or 494-6075.