It is not bricks and mortar that makes Washington State University unique. It is neither the classroom equipment nor the technology infrastructure. Rather, it is the dedicated people who work at our campuses, Extension offices, research centers and other facilities who truly create the essence and excellence of our great university.

Next week, for the first time in our history, we will tap into that employee knowledge base for advice on how to make things even better. The inaugural Employee Engagement Survey, which will launch on Monday, March 31, and run through Friday, April 11, is an opportunity for all employees to identify our overall strengths and weaknesses as a workplace. It is one of the most effective ways to determine what we need to improve at the university, both as a place to work and as an organization that sets standards of excellence in research and world-class education.

The online survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, and every individual’s responses and specific answers will be kept strictly confidential. The data collected this year will serve as a baseline to measure our progress and will be compared to other workplaces in the state. The survey will be conducted every other year. The information we collect in the future will determine how effective our improvement efforts are in the long term.

More information about the WSU Employee Engagement Survey is available by contacting Human Resource Services at (509) 335-4521 or

Every employee working at WSU – faculty member, administrative professional, civil service and bargaining unit staff – plays an integral role in creating our future. Thank you in advance for taking the time out of your busy schedule to complete the survey, and thank you for all that you do to make WSU a place of excellence and an excellent place to work.