Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, was the first to complete the online Employee Engagement Survey launched on UKZN’s Westville campus.
Participants complete the survey - which runs from 23 to 31 March - anonymously and all results are confidential. Voluntary focus groups will be organised after the survey to involve employees further on the extent of employee engagement within the University.
Employee Engagement refers to the commitment of employees to the University and its goals, as well as their commitment to giving of their best each day, and contributing to the University’s success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. This also includes taking positive action to further the University's reputation and interests.
Van Jaarsveld encouraged staff to participate. ‘The right climate and environment are critical to ensure employees are inspired, motivated and developed, and perceive their contribution as having meaning to them and to the success of the University.
‘I would really like to know employees’ views of how well they think we are doing and therefore I encourage all employees “to have their say” and take part in the survey,’ he said.
The first Employee Engagement Survey at the University was conducted in October 2013. ‘It is now once again time for us to measure the level of employee engagement to see what progress has been made, and particularly where we need to improve,’ said Executive Director: Human Resources, Ms Avril Williamson.
‘The results will be used to see how we are doing compared to the results of the last survey. They will also help the University identify the areas that need to be addressed, which include reinforcing the REACH - Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Client-orientation, and Honesty - values,’ said Williamson.
- All permanent employees and those on contract for a year or longer are encouraged to take part in the survey. To participate, employees will receive an email link while those with no access to email will get a hard copy. Employees, who can complete the survey in English or isiZulu, should contact their HR consultant if they have any queries.