UNT starting a project to enhance employee engagement

Dec. 8, 2016

Dear UNT faculty and staff,

One of UNT’s goals is to become a national leader for employee relations. To reach this goal, we are starting a project to establish employee engagement as a fundamental aspect of our day-to-day practices. Our goal is to raise employee engagement, so that all employees view UNT as a family united by a common purpose and goals — not just a place to come to work. In order to reach that goal, we will need your help and input.

Having a work environment of engaged employees creates a culture of collaboration, enables employees to unleash their potential, attracts talented faculty and staff, fosters innovation and reduces absenteeism.

Creating a culture of employee engagement isn’t easy, and it isn’t fast. It requires building trust between employees and management. It depends on transparent communication between employees and their managers. It involves employees in the decision-making process. The result is that it provides employees with support, meaningful development and growth opportunities at every level of the university.

The first step toward reaching our goal is to determine where we are. The UNT System retained Gallup, one of the country’s leading research firms, and plans to use its anonymous survey tool this spring to measure our current level of employee engagement. Please watch for the survey to come to your Outlook inbox in late January, take a few moments to complete the questions and help us to become an even better place to work. We will share the survey results with you.

Once we know where we are, we will develop a strategy to create a culture of change so that we can grow employee engagement. This will include:

  • Training managers to better engage employees
  • Providing periodic progress reports to faculty and staff who will play a role in examining the survey results and determining their meaning.

We will form workgroups to discuss the results, understand the issues and identify actions needed to address priority issues. Next, workgroups will identify issues that need to be elevated in order for UNT to take organizational action. Finally, workgroups will follow up on action plans to ensure they are implemented.

In order for this initiative to be successful, we need your participation. The more faculty and staff who participate, the more accurate the results of the study will be. Each person’s voice matters. Your voice can drive change and help to improve our university, making it a better working environment for all of us.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk