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Employee Engagement Survey

March 28 – April 11

The University of North Carolina System will soon launch its third system-wide employee survey to measure workplace engagement. This survey aligns with the UNC System Strategic Plan and helps identify areas of strength and areas for improvement at each institution.

The survey is designed for full-time employees and can help us gauge and enhance your experience as a Carolina employee. We are committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace where our faculty and staff can succeed, and your participation in the survey can help us continue working towards that commitment.

The 2022 survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and asks for your thoughts on topics like

  • Employee well-being.
  • Job satisfaction.
  • Belonging.
  • Institutional actions taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 28, 2022, all permanent full-time faculty and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill will receive an email from ModernThink LLC, the higher education independent research and consulting firm that is administering the survey. The email contains a unique login and password that you will use to take the survey.

Only full-time permanent employees of UNC-CH are eligible to take this survey. Employees of affiliated entities such as UNC Health are not eligible to take the survey. In addition, the UNC System Office provided employee contact information to the survey vendor on Jan. 31, so any new hires after that date will likely not receive invitations to participate.

Survey participation is voluntary and completely confidential. Please share your honest feedback and know that your responses will remain anonymous. Only ModernThink will have access to individual employee responses. View the confidentiality statement for more information.

Because a high response rate helps to ensure an accurate representation of our community, we strongly encourage you to complete the survey—and to encourage your colleagues to complete it as well.

Over the summer, we will receive and share reports that summarize the data provided so that we can recognize our successes and begin to address concerns that most directly impact and influence our workplace culture.

We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to hearing from you. Please email with any questions.

NOTE: If you have difficulty accessing the survey from your email invitation, or if you did not receive an email invitation from ModernThink as of March 29, 2022, please contact ModernThink directly on the helpline at 888.684.4658. If you’re using Office 365, check your “Other” folder for the ModernThink email.


About the survey

At UNC-Chapel Hill we want to continue fostering a workforce that is prepared to meet the changing needs of the University — a priority in the strategic plans for both the UNC System and our campus. The UNC System Strategic Plan includes a goal to foster diverse and excellent institutions. To support this goal, each institution in the UNC System will participate in a biennial system-wide survey to gather input about workplace engagement.

The UNC System Employee Engagement Survey aims to gain clearer measurements for success that will assist with our recruitment, retention, and development of the most talented and diverse workforce possible — both as a system and on our campus. The data will also be useful to University leadership and others in our community as we work to build on faculty and staff engagement, build on successes and address ongoing challenges.

To date, the UNC System and its constituent institutions have participated in the Employee Engagement Survey twice – first in February 2018 and again in February 2020. Previous versions of the survey asked employees for their thoughts about topics relating to communications, collaboration, supervision and benefits, among other items.

We appreciate the time our staff and faculty took to complete the previous surveys, and we will continue to evaluate our programs, policies and processes to ensure we meet the high standards we all have for UNC.


Information & Resources

Individual responses submitted are confidential. The UNC System and individual campuses present aggregate survey results, which may be disaggregated by certain demographics (e.g., unit, employee type, race, gender).

The 2018 and 2022 survey iterations were administered by ModernThink LLC, an independent research and consulting firm that specializes in higher education, which also administers the Great Colleges to Work For survey on behalf of the Chronicle for Higher Education.