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Employee Engagement (E2) supports the University's commitment to meet its academic and research mission by creating workplaces that energize, empower, and enhance faculty and staff.
Engagement profoundly shapes both the quality of the faculty and staff experience, as well as workplace outcomes. It impacts recruiting, retaining, and developing top talent, as well as collaboration and innovation. For individuals, it affects both resilience and well being.
As a first step, the University of Minnesota is conducting a survey of engagement. Faculty and staff received an email from the Hay Group, the external vendor chosen by the University, on October 14, 2013. The email contains a link to the online survey, which takes 15 minutes or less to complete. Using an external vendor ensures that the survey is confidential.
Each survey link is unique so the Hay Group can provide data analysis to the University. If you can't find your email from Hay Group, email them at UofMNsurvey.US@haygroup.com to request a new link.
The University's engagement program is rolling out in 2013 with results to be shared in early 2014.
Over the past decade, researchers have identified key drivers of engagement which help create motivation and enable success for individuals and teams. The University of Minnesota has developed a model of the engagement process based on both research and practice.
University of Minnesota Researchers Carole Bland, Anne Marie Weber-Main, Sharon Marie Lund, and Deborah Finstad published The Research-Productive Department: Strategies from Departments That Excel. They identified institutional features that facilitate research productivity and many of these features are also engagement drivers. These include clear goals, culture, positive group climate, mentoring, resources, rewards, and governance structures that provide for assertive and participative leadership.
Carrie Earthman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Department of Food Science and Nutrition
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Dennis Falk, Ph.D., Department of Social Work, Graduate School, and Special Project Associate for Strategic Planning in the Chancellor's Office, University of Minnesota Duluth
Rhonda Franklin, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
Erin Kelly, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Colleen Manchester, Ph.D., Department of Work and Organizations, Carlson School of Management
Wendy Rahn, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
John Romano, Ph.D., LP, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
David Rothenberger, MD, Department of Surgery, Medical School
Anne Marie Weber-Main, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Medical School
Learn more about employee engagement at LeadingTogether, a blog by Brandon Sullivan, Ph.D., who leads the system-wide engagement strategy at the University of Minnesota. The blog focuses on engagement within higher education institutions and creating a culture that supports engagement.