Your voice is vital: Organization seeks feedback through annual engagement survey

February 21, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees, ,

The annual Vital Voices Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey is coming soon! Michigan Medicine will launch the 2022 survey on Monday, March 14, and it will run through Friday, March 25.

“This past year we’ve seen many changes in the workforce and labor market. Particularly this year, we believe the engagement survey will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to share valuable feedback about our current work environment,” said Deloris Hunt, M.S., chief human resources officer at Michigan Medicine. “This feedback helps us identify what we are doing well and what areas we can improve on, which guides many decisions about the programs and activities we offer throughout the year.”

This year’s survey seeks feedback on a variety of topics including safety, communication, inclusion, teamwork and more.

“Although we refer to it as an engagement survey, the feedback you provide is about so much more,” said Hunt. “The results give us insights into how well we care for our patients and employees, how inclusive our organization is and how well we communicate with our team members. In short, the information will guide us as we continue shaping our culture around our core values and meeting our mission of advancing health to serve Michigan and the world.”

Here’s what you need to know about the faculty and staff engagement survey:

  • Who is eligible: Both faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the survey; however, there are two separate surveys — one specifically for faculty and one specifically for staff — with varying content and different links to access the survey. Employees will receive an email on the day the survey opens with their appropriate link. Eligible employees must have started on or before January 12, 2022.
  • How the survey will be administered: Several Michigan Medicine departments, including Human Resources, Faculty Affairs and the Office of Patient Experience, are working with the third-party vendor, Press Ganey, to administer both surveys.
  • Confidentiality and commenting: All survey responses and comments are sent directly to the vendor, and Michigan Medicine will not be able to tie individual responses back to employees and data will only be reported for groups with five responses or more.
  • How long it takes: The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be made available through direct emails from Press Ganey (appearing as “Michigan Medicine Engagement Survey”) and links available on various internal communication channels during the survey window.

“We encourage everyone to take the time and share their experiences by completing the survey. We have benefited from diverse perspectives in our previous surveys and look forward to high levels of participation next month,” said Paul Sturgis, MSHROD, SPHR, senior director of human resources strategy and organizational effectiveness.

The faculty and staff surveys will run simultaneously but will vary slightly due to the differing priorities of the two groups. Separate links will be provided for each survey.

“The feedback provided by our faculty is crucial to identifying key issues and working towards improving the faculty experience,” said Brian Zink, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development at Michigan Medicine. “I encourage everyone to fill out the survey and help us create action plans for the upcoming years.”

An informational session will be held on March 9 for anyone interested in attending. The session will provide information about this year’s survey and representatives from Michigan Medicine HR and Faculty Affairs will be available to answer questions. More information and a participation link will be shared soon. 

More information about how to access the survey will be shared on Monday, March 14, in Headlines and via other internal communication channels.