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Survey Questions

Survey Structure and Questions:

  • The survey consisted of 25 questions. 
  • 23 required questions ask for sentiment on 1-5 scale with the last two questions being open-ended and optional.
Sample question from survey asking, "I would recommend UC Davis as a great place to work."
A screengrab showing the format for a typical survey question requiring a response on a 1-5 scale. 

icon of a question mark Full List of Questions:

Required Questions (on 1-5 scale, with opportunity for open-ended comments):

  • How happy are you working at UC Davis?
  • I would recommend UC Davis as a great place to work.
  • I feel a sense of belonging at UC Davis.
  • Regardless of background, everyone at UC Davis has an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • I am excited about UC Davis' future.
  • UC Davis has a great culture.
  • Overall, I am satisfied with how decisions are made at UC Davis.
  • I have confidence in the campus leadership team (e.g., Chancellor, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts and Deans).
  • UC Davis does a good job of communicating with employees.
  • Departments/work units at UC Davis collaborate effectively to get things done.
  • I am satisfied with my work team.
  • I would recommend my direct supervisor/manager to others.
  • My direct supervisor/manager provides me with feedback that helps me improve my performance.
  • I feel satisfied with the recognition or praise I receive for my work.
  • I feel empowered to make decisions regarding my work.
  • I feel free to speak my mind without fear of negative consequences.
  • I have good career opportunities at UC Davis.
  • I have good opportunities to learn and grow at UC Davis.
  • The work that I do at UC Davis is meaningful to me.
  • My role is an excellent fit with my strengths.
  • I have the resources I need to do my job well (e.g., tools, technology, support).
  • I am able to successfully balance my work and personal life.
  • I believe meaningful action will be taken as a result of this survey.

Open-ended Questions:

  • What should we start doing (or do more of) to improve the employee experience?
  • What should we stop doing (or do less of) to improve the employee experience?

icon of a brain People Science Behind the Survey:

  • A Modern Approach to Measuring Engagement (PDF)
    It's a lengthy read, but explains the reasons why this survey is so brief (hint: long surveys don't produce a good user experience) and why this survey produces reliable, actionable data
  • Propelling Action through Conversations (PDF)
    Taking action after the survey is critical and this guide can supervisors address issues and make positive incremental changes.