The administration at the University of Maryland has acknowledged that there are many challenges with employee-employer relationships on campus and in 2016 issued a campus-wide survey to poll employees about the their feelings about the workplace. The Office of the President hired a consultant Gallup to help. The results of the survey (not to our surprise) indicate that employees around campus are mostly Not Engaged or Actively Disengaged.
Faculty and staff were polled about their emotional and personal connections to campus and NOT THE REAL ISSUES and CHALLENGES they were faced with as employees, commuters, and working families. The questions from the Gallup survey, are interpreted by AFSCME 1072 below :
Average Sentiment (25- 49th Percentile)
Below Average Sentiment (<25th PErcentile)
Gallup Identified Strengths And Opportunities
Out all of the questions, Gallup reported 2 question responses that show strength and 2 question responses that show opportunities (or as we like to say weakness):
Are we Measuring Feelings Or Needs ?
While this survey paints a pretty picture about the overall sentiment of workers on campus, what it neglects to penetrates are the core underlying needs of the workers on campus that are not being address (which in turn is causing the negative sentiments). According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (a motivational theory in psychology, comprising a five tier model of human needs), if a person's most basic needs (such as food or safety) aren't met, neither are their psychological needs (such as relationships or feeling accomplished) or self-fulfillment needs (creative activities or reaching fullest potential).
To be continued.....
To view the 2016 Gallup UMD Survey Responses : https://www.president.umd.edu/sites/president.umd.edu/files/documents/UMD_overall.pdf
To read more about the thriving workplace initiative : https://www.president.umd.edu/initiatives/thriving-workplace