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Our progress continues

We know we can only reach our student success goals when our faculty and staff who support our students’ journeys feel fully supported and engaged in their roles. The results from our 2019 UK@Work campus employee engagement survey show we continue to make progress.

2019 overall scores

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

This improvement affirms the accolades we continue to receive as a place to work. We were named a Great College to Work For in 2018 and 2019 and a Forbes Best Employer in 2019.

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 University community where everyone feels they belong.

64% in 2017
63% in 2015

62% in 2017
61% in 2015

74% in 2017
70% in 2015

68% in 2017
66% in 2015

60% in 2017
58% in 2015

56% in 2017
58% in 2015

63% in 2017
59% in 2015

75% in 2017
72% in 2015

64% in 2017
63% in 2015

78% in 2017
77% in 2015

81% in 2017
80% in 2015

71% in 2017
67% in 2015

72% in 2017
69% in 2015

What's next?

The survey identified stress as an area we can target for improvement across the University. As a start to addressing our areas for improvement, watch for a series of events to help us all find ways to stay engaged with our important work.


Erika Chambers, director of employee engagement and work-life, will continue to meet with leaders to discuss how best to turn feedback into action.


Each dean will present to Provost David W. Blackwell two themes they plan to address across their college, in addition to a plan to address areas of stress.


Your individual academic or administrative area will develop an action plan based on local survey results.

Your feedback in action

This is the third time we administered the UK@Work survey. Your feedback has led to university-wide changes, such as:

More access to paid leave

Policy changes expanded how you can use your sick leave.

Flexible work

Increased guidelines and supervisor support for workplace flexibility.

Mental health and well-being

Additional therapists with more availability, plus self-care events.

Financial well-being

Consults and new tools for personal finance and student loan forgiveness.

Physical well-being

An employee-dedicated fitness facility, reduced-cost Fitbits and more.


Reliable and consistent merit increases for seven straight years.

Unconscious bias initiative

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


Meet with Erika to discuss how best to turn feedback into action.

Erika Chambers Employee Engagement and Work-life Director

College or Department
Human Resources
Scovell Hall, room 115
Phone Number
(859) 257-1003
Email Address

Colleges turn feedback into action

Deans and vice presidents use survey results to develop and implement action plans for their colleges and divisions.

College of Pharmacy

College of Pharmacy improves internal communications

College of Education

College of Education empowers faculty and staff councils

College of Agriculture

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment fosters belonging and intercultural awareness