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Staff Engagement

Engagement Defined


"Employees’ pride, energy, and optimism that fuels their discretionary effort." - CEB Global

We care about engagement because we recognize the benefits to both individuals and the organization.

Benefits of Engagement for Individuals

  • Personal fulfilment in our work
  • Increased morale and job satisfaction
  • Feeling valued as an employee and that our efforts are appreciated
  • Believing our jobs make good use of our skills and abilities
  • A sense of pride in achievements
  • Career development and opportunities to realize our potential
  • Pride, energy, optimism

Benefits of Engagement for Organizations

  • Enhanced commitment, loyalty and performance
  • Higher levels of discretionary effort
  • Development of employees’ skills and abilities
  • Fresh and innovative ideas and suggestions
  • Greater synergy and productivity from the team as a whole
  • A positive and productive working environment
  • Higher levels of customer satisfaction

Staff Engagement Survey

We value employee feedback! Which is why Stanford periodically conducts a university-wide Staff Engagement Survey.

The survey is designed to measure engagement, alignment with strategy and agility related to change, as well as other areas that are critical to the success of the organization, like collaboration, efficiency, and development.

2015 Survey & Results

A university-wide survey of Stanford’s staff members was conducted October 12-30, 2015. Business Affairs had a tremendous response rate of 76%. A summary of Business Affairs-level results was shared with our organization in the form of an email announcement from our CFO and VP for Business Affairs, Randy Livingston, in early March 2016. You can also view the University Summary of Results at the Cardinal at Work website.

Action Plans

Department and workgroup-specific results were reviewed at the local levels where further discussions and action planning took place. For specifics about your department’s action plans, please feel free to reach out to your manager or Business Affairs HR Team.  We’d be happy to debrief you on current progress.

Next Survey

To continuously improve and enhance the Cardinal at Work experience, the next Staff Engagement Survey is planned for 2018.