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Measuring our progress

We know we can only reach our student success goals when our faculty and staff feel supported and engaged in their roles. On campus, we administer our UK @ Work employee engagement survey every two years.

The UK @ Work survey seeks to better understand employee perceptions and experiences about working at UK. There are approximately 60 items on the survey related to communication, leadership, diversity and inclusion, stress and well-being, pay and benefits, and university culture. There are also two open-ended items for employees to provide insights about what makes UK a great place to work and what could be improved. 

All campus faculty and staff with a full-time equivalency (FTE) of at least 0.5 who were hired on or before August 16, 2021, are eligible to take the survey.

If you are eligible for the survey, you will receive an email with a survey link from our survey vendor, Willis Towers Watson. Your survey link is unique to you, so please don't share it with anyone else.

Individual survey responses are confidential and will be submitted directly to and analyzed by the survey vendor. No one in the university knows who did or did not respond to the survey or how an individual responded. Reports are only generated for groups that have at least 10 responses.  

Comments are summarized and shared as themes at the university and college level; comments are not connected to individuals, and the vendor redacts all personally identifying information that may be shared in a comment.  

Enter to win a prize

After completing the survey, employees have an option to enter their email in a random drawing for a chance to win one of many prizes. Past prizes have included basketball tickets, football tickets, UK licensed apparel, MacBook Air, Apple Watch, and more! 

Plus, any survey group with 100% participation will be provided a team meal of choice from a UK-approved restaurant/caterer. 

Sept. 13-24
Dates for the 2021 survey

SURVEY RESULTS

62% University overall
67% President's area
60% Provost
64% EVPFA
Last updated 1 week 6 days ago

President's Area

Athletics

28%

Institutional Diversity

78%

Internal Audit

100%

Legal Counsel

100%

Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

91%

Student Success

92%

VP for Research

66%

Provost

College of Ag, Food and Environment

65%

College of Arts & Sciences

59%

College of Business and Economics

64%

College of Communication and Information

75%

College of Dentistry

69%

College of Design

54%

College of Education

61%

College of Engineering

52%

College of Fine Arts

62%

College of Health Sciences

79%

College of Law

57%

College of Medicine

49%

College of Nursing

69%

College of Pharmacy

69%

College of Public Health

70%

College of Social Work

86%

Lewis Honors College

100%

Libraries

78%

Teaching, Learning and Academic Innovation

85%

The Graduate School

70%

UK International Center

81%

EVPFA

Facilities Management

45%

Human Resources

91%

Information Technology Services

88%

UK Police

54%

University Financial Services

96%

University Relations

80%

VP Administration

66%

How we've responded to your feedback over time

Over the three times we've administered the UK @ Work campus employee engagement survey, your feedback has led to many university-wide changes.

More access to paid leave

Policy changes expanded how you can use your sick leave after the birth of a child.

Financial well-being

We have increased our support for your financial well-being.

Mental health and well-being

We have added therapists with more counseling availability.

Unconscious bias initiative

University-wide training and guidelines ensure we are a community where all feel secure and welcome. 

Physical fitness and well-being

We offer an employee-dedicated fitness facility and more support for your overall health.

Pay

Reliable and consistent pay increases in recent years.

Campus employee engagement scores over time

Our overall scores have improved or held steady from 2017 in all 13 of our survey areas.

This improvement affirms the accolades we continue to receive as a workplace. We have been named a Great College to Work for in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

An overwhelming majority of our employees believe strongly in our mission, are proud to be associated with UK and feel a greater sense of community here. Those are important measures as we work toward fostering a community where everyone feels they belong. 

View our 2019 survey results.

UK HealthCare employee engagement

UK HealthCare conducts a separate employee engagement survey each year. 

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UK@Work employee engagement survey

The most recent survey was administered in 2019 by an external group, Willis Towers Watson, to all regular campus employees.

Contact our office

Erika Chambers, Employee Engagement and Work-Life Director
(859) 257-1003
erikachambers@uky.edu
115 Scovell Hall