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Supervisor and Department Support

Supervisor Support (Overall)

These graphs are based on responses to statements that assessed staff's satisfaction with supervisors' support. Overall, staff reported that they receive moderate levels of support from their supervisors or responsible administrators.

Supervisor Support

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Supervisor Support by Campus

Supervisor Support by Campus

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Supervisor Support by Employee Group

Supervisor Support by Employee Group

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Supervisor Support (Item Level)

This table reports results for items that assessed supervisor support in different areas. Items were scored on a 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) scale and this table reports item means from high to low.

Item means suggest that staff perceived higher levels of support from their supervisors in balancing their personal and family needs. They perceived lower levels of supervisory support for improving their career opportunities.

Supervisory Support Mean
Is understanding when I have an unexpected family or personal problem 4.5
Is supportive of my efforts to balance work and personal needs 4.2
Supports my attempts to acquire additional training or education to further my career 3.9
Makes sure I get the credit when I accomplish something substantial on the job 3.6
Cares about whether or not I achieve my goals 3.5
Provides assignments that give me the opportunity to develop and strengthen new skills 3.5
Gives me helpful feedback about my performance 3.4
Gives me advice about improving my performance when I need it 3.3
Takes time to learn about my goals and aspirations 3.2
Provides me special projects that increase my visibility in the University 3.0
Keeps me informed about different career opportunities for me in the University 2.3

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Department Support (Overall)

These graphs are based on responses to statements that assessed staff's satisfaction with departmental support. Overall, employees reported moderate levels of support from their departments. Staff at the Crookston and Morris campuses reported the highest levels of departmental support, bargaining unit staff reported the lowest levels of departmental support.

Department Support

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Department Support by Campus

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Department Support by Employee Group

Department Support by Employee Group

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Department Support (Item Level)

This table reports results for items measuring departmental support in different areas. Items were scored on a 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree) scale and this table reports item means from high to low.

Item means suggest that staff perceived the highest levels of departmental support when they felt they had a problem.

Department Support Mean
Help is available from my department when I have a problem 5.0
My department really cares about my well-being 4.7
My department takes in pride in my accomplishments at work 4.6
My department cares about my opinions 4.6
My department is willing to extend itself in order to help me perform my job to the best of my ability 4.6
My department cares about my general satisfaction at work 4.5
My department strongly considers my goals and values 4.4
Even if I did the best job possible, my department would fail to notice 3.4
My department shows very little concern for me 3.1