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Survey of Academic Staff on Workplace Climate and Career/Life Issues

All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential. You may withdraw from the survey at any time, or skip any questions that you do not wish to answer.

We ask a number of questions about your demography, family status, and career situation to help assure that the UC Berkeley campus is supportive of and responsive to the needs of all employees. Please skip any questions that make you feel uncomfortable or that you find overly intrusive.

You may, at any time, save your responses (by clicking one of the "Save" buttons).

When you have finished the survey, please click the "Submit" button (located at the very end of the survey).

A. Employee Status and Demography

1. Which of the following best describes your current job type?

2. What month (if known) and year did you first become an employee at UC Berkeley?


Note: Please exclude any student-related positions (e.g., student assistant, graduate student researcher, etc.)

  Start month? Start year?
(e.g.,1998))
 
First Employment Start Date:

Have you ever worked (non-student employment only) at another UC campus?

3. What is your current employment status?

5. What is your current control unit?


Note: If you cannot locate your control unit/department/unit in the below menus, please specify it in the below text box.


Note: If you have multiple appointments, please choose the control unit /department/unit of your primary appointment (or describe it in the text box below).

What is your current department/unit?

6. As an employee at UC Berkeley, how many different departments have you worked in?


Note: Please exclude any student-related positions.

7. What is your gender?

8. What is your sexual orientation?

9. What is your ethnic category? Check all that apply.

Of the below ethnic categories, which do you self-identify with most? Pick one.

10. What is your current citizenship status?

11. What month and year were you born?

  Birth month? Birth year?
(e.g., 1986))
 

12. What is the highest degree or level of school you have COMPLETED? Note: If currently enrolled, Please mark the previous grade or highest degree received.

Have you ever attended UC Berkeley as a student?

What is the highest degree you have COMPLETED at UC Berkeley? Note: If currently enrolled, Please mark the highest degree received.

13. Have you ever worked as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley?


Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

In total, how long did you work as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley?

14. Do you currently work as a researcher partially or fully paid off of a grant or contract?


Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

a. Overall, how is your current position funded? (Please check all that apply.)

b. More specifically, is your current position paid partially or fully by grants or contracts from any of the following federal agencies or private foundations? (Please check all that apply.)

c. Overall, how satisfied are you with each of the following?

  Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied Not applicable
i. Interaction with faculty
ii. Opportunities to seek additional funding
iii. Opportunities to pursue research interests
iv. Opportunities to publish
v. Opportunities to teach
vi. Opportunities to collaborate with other researchers
vii. Opportunities to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI),
Co-PI, or Senior Personnel
viii. Intellectual stimulation of position/environment
ix. Personal progress toward career goals
x. Recognition for your work effort

d. In the past few months, what is the average number of hours per week you have spent on each of the following activities? There are 168 hours in a week—rough estimates are fine.

  Average hours per week?
 
a. Research activities (e.g., conducting experiments or other research work,
writing papers/articles for publication, supervising other researchers, etc.
)
b. Teaching activities (e.g., teaching, grading, developing course materials,
mentoring students, etc.
)
c. Housework and home maintenance ( e.g., shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry,
paying bills, etc.
)
d. Caregiving (e.g., meeting the needs of young children, teenagers, spouse/partner,
elders, friends, other family members, etc.
)

e. When you began your first research position partially or fully paid off grants at UC Berkeley, what was your longer-term career goal?

f. What is your longer-term career goal now?

g. Since you first became a researcher partially or fully paid off of grants or contracts at UC Berkeley, have you changed or considered changing your longer-term career goal?

If you have changed or considered changing your longer-term career goal from when you first became a researcher at UC Berkeley to the present time, how important are each of the following factors in affecting your choices?

  Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Not applicable
i. Monetary compensation (e.g., salary, benefits, etc.)
ii. Job security
iii. Career advancement possibilities
iv. Negative experience as a researcher (e.g., regarding academia, industry, national lab, etc.)
v. Positive experience as a researcher (e.g., regarding academia, industry, national lab, etc.)
vi. Research/professional activities too time consuming
vii. Lack of encouragement/lack of mentor (e.g., faculty PI or a colleague or others who encouraged your initial career goals, etc.)
viii. Encouragement to pursue a new career goal (e.g., by faculty PI sponsor/mentor or someone else, etc.)
ix. Other career interests (e.g., career interests outside of current field of study, etc.)
x. Other life interests (e.g., interests outside of education/career, etc.)

(continued)

  Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Not applicable
xi. Issues related to spouse/partner or desire to marry/become partnered (e.g., spousal employment or similar familial concerns, etc.)
xii. Issues related to children (e.g., current caregiving responsibilities or desire to have children, etc.)
xiii. Other family-related concerns (e.g., current or anticipated eldercare responsibilities or similar familial concerns, etc.)
xiv. Geographic location (e.g., to be near family, location preference, etc.)
xv. Bad job market (e.g., in academia, industry, government, etc.)
xvi. Good job market (e.g., in academia, industry, government, etc.)
xvii. Instability of grant/contract funding
xviii. Changing intellectual interests
xix. Feelings of isolation or alienation as a researcher
xx. Feelings of inclusion and/or importance of work as a researcher

h. In total, how long have you worked as a researcher partially or fully paid off of grants at UC Berkeley?

i. As you reflect on past career decisions and any future career plans you might have, how concerned are you about the family friendliness of possible career paths?

j. How family friendly (e.g. supporting a good career-life balance) do you consider (or imagine) each of the following job types to be?

  Very family friendly Somewhat family friendly Not too family friendly Not at all family friendly
a. Research careers at research-intensive universities
b. Research careers outside academia
c. Tenure-track faculty careers at research-intensive universities
(e.g., major research universities)
d. Tenure-track faculty careers at teaching-intensive colleges or
universities (e.g., small colleges or teaching-focused universities)
e. Non-tenure track faculty careers
f. Policy or managerial careers inside academia
g. Policy or managerial careers outside academia

15. Do you currently work as a lecturer without security of employment?



Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

a. Overall, how satisfied are you with each of the following?

  Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied Not applicable
i. Interaction with undergraduates
ii. Interaction with graduate students
iii. Interaction with Graduate Student Instructors
iv. Interaction with ladder-rank faculty
v. Interaction with departmental/unit staff
vi. Opportunities to design courses
vii. Opportunities to collaborate (e.g., teaching, etc.)
with other colleagues
viii, Intellectual stimulation of position/environment
ix. Personal progress toward career goals
x. Recognition for my work effort
xi. Opportunities to pursue research interests
xii. Opportunities to publish

b. In the past few months, what is the average number of hours per week you have spent on each of the following activities? There are 168 hours in a week—rough estimates are fine.

  Average hours per week?
 
a. Teaching activities (e.g., teaching, grading, developing course materials,
mentoring students, etc.
)
b. Research activities (e.g., conducting experiments or other research work,
writing papers/articles for publication, supervising other researchers, etc.
)
c. Housework and home maintenance ( e.g., shopping, cooking, cleaning,
laundry, paying bills
)
d. Caregiving (e.g., meeting the needs of young children, teenagers,
spouse/partner, elders, friends, other family members
)

c. When you first became a lecturer at UC Berkeley, what was your longer-term career goal?

d. What is your longer-term career goal now?

e. Since you first became a lecturer at UC Berkeley, have you changed or considered changing your longer-term career goal?

If you have changed or considered changing your longer-term career goal from when you first became a lecturer at UC Berkeley to the present time, how important are each of the following factors in affecting your choices?

  Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Not applicable
i. Monetary compensation (e.g., salary, benefits)
Job security
ii. Career advancement possibilities
iii. Negative experience as a lecturer
iv. Positive experience as a lecturer
v. Teaching/professional/research activities too time consuming
vi. Lack of encouragement/lack of mentor (e.g., a colleague or others who encouraged your initial career goals)
vii. Encouragement to pursue a new career goal (e.g., by a colleague or someone else)
viii. Other career interests (e.g., career interests outside of current field of study)
ix. Other life interests (e.g., interests outside of education/career)

(continued)

  Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Not applicable
x. Issues related to spouse/partner or desire to marry/become partnered (e.g., spousal employment or similar familial concerns)
xi. Issues related to children (e.g., current caregiving responsibilities or desire to have children)
xii. Other family-related concerns (e.g., current or anticipated eldercare responsibilities or similar familial concerns)
xiii. Geographic location (e.g., to be near family, location preference)
xiv. Bad job market (e.g., in academia, industry, government)
xv. Good job market (e.g., in academia, industry, government)
xvi. Instability of funding
xvii. Changing intellectual interests
xviii. Feelings of isolation or alienation as a lecturer
xix. Feelings of inclusion and/or importance of work as a lecturer

f. In total, how long have you worked as a lecturer at UC Berkeley?

g. As you reflect on past career decisions and any future career plans you might have, how concerned are you about the family friendliness of possible career paths?

h. How family friendly (e.g. supporting a good career-life balance) do you consider (or imagine) each of the following job types to be?

  Very family friendly Somewhat family friendly Not too family friendly Not at all family friendly
a. Tenure-track faculty careers at research-intensive universities (e.g., major research universities)
b. Tenure-track faculty careers at teaching-intensive colleges or universities (e.g., small colleges or teaching-focused universities)
c. Non-tenure track faculty careers
d. Research careers at research-intensive universities
e. Research careers outside academia
f. Policy or managerial careers inside academia
g. Policy or managerial careers outside academia

16. Are you a person with a disability?


Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

Which of the following categories describe your disability(ies)? Check all that apply.

17. What is your current marital or relationship status?


Note: If "married" or "partnered," an additional question will open.

What is your spouse/partner's current employment/educational status? Check all that apply.

Which of the following best describes your spouse/partner's current occupation (if currently employed) or longer-term career goal (if enrolled in a degree program, unemployed, or employed as a postdoctoral fellow)?

18. Do you have any children?


Note: If "yes," additional questions will open.

Parenting Issues
For each child for whom you have had substantial responsibility for parenting, please specify the month and year of the child's birth or adoption/foster placement with you.

For stepchildren, please specify the month and year when your parenting responsibilities began. (If you have parented more than four children, please enter information for the four youngest children only.)

  Month of event? Year of event?
(e.g., 1991)
Relationship of
child to you
1
 
a. Date of birth/arrival of youngest child
b. Date of birth/arrival of 2nd youngest child
(if applicable)
c. Date of birth/arrival of 3rd youngest child
(if applicable)
d. Date of birth/arrival of 4th youngest child
(if applicable)

Were you employed at UC Berkeley (non-student employment only) at the time of the most recent birth/arrival?

Around the time of the most recent birth/placement event, did you request and did you receive (and if so for how long) any of the following types of accommodations?

If you received an accommodation, please specify in the text box to the right what type of program(s) or approval process you undertook to receive the particular accommodation (e.g., birth leave through Supplemental Plan disability benefits, or supervisor approved the modification of job situation, etc.).

  Requested (or entitled2 to) accommodation? Received accommodation (if requested)? Number of Weeks Specify terms of the accommodation (and approval process)
 Yes No Yes No
a. Paid pregnancy/birth Leave (disability leave)
b. Paid parental leave (to care for/bond with new child)
c. Unpaid parental leave
d. Reduced appointment (e.g., part-time status)
e. Modification of job duties/situation (changes to existing duties or work location)
f. Alternative/flexible schedule
g. Other?

2E.G., You were entitled to the leave because of supplemental disability benefits (see new child fact sheet).

In the last five years while working at UC Berkeley, have you sought infant or child care for a child under five years old?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open.

Which of the following best describes the type of care you were/are most recently seeking?

Which of the following best described(s) your preference for the location of the facility/program?

How would you rate the availability, quality, expense, and service hours of care facilities that you investigated?

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
a. Availability of care slots
b. Number of choices of facilities (with available care slots)
c. Quality of facilities (with available care slots)
d. Cost of facilities
e. Available service hours of care facilities (e.g., did the hours open for care accommodate your work schedule)

Did you find a care program that met your family's needs?

Did you find a care provider (nanny or nanny share) that met your family's needs?

In the last five years, have you sought a slot for your infant/child in one of UC Berkeley's childcare facilities?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open. If you have sought care for more than one infant/child, please refer to only the most recent attempt to secure an infant/child care slot.

On each of the following, how would you rate the UC Berkeley childcare facility that you enrolled your infant/child in?

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
a. Quality of facilities
b. Quality of care
c. Cost of facilities
d. Available service hours
e. Flexibility of care options (e.g., full time/part time, etc.)
f. Educational component
g. Location

Do you currently have/share substantial responsibility for parenting a child under five years of age?

How useful would you find each of the following?

  Very useful Somewhat useful Not too useful Not at all useful
a. Child care information and referral program
b. Emergency/back-up child care
c. Access to on-campus child care center
d. Connection to network of off-campus centers or family day cares serving primarily University families
e. Vouchers and/or subsidies
f. Parent organized child care co-op
g. Flexible on-call babysitter service (e.g., Cal students)
h. Care options with extended hours (beyond 8am - 5pm)
i. Adoption reimbursement program

19. Do you currently provide a substantial amount of care (five or more hours a week) to any adults (e.g., parents, spouse/partner, children, other relatives, and/or friends over 18 with medical conditions/other care needs)?


Note: If "yes," additional questions will open.

Adult Care Issues
For each adult you currently provide care to, please specify their age, relationship to you, average weekly hours of care you provide to them, and specify the type of care you provide and for how long the care has been needed:

  Age of Adult (e.g., 68)? Relationship of adult to you1 Weekly hours? Type of care you provide and
for how long (e.g., for the last 2 years)?
 
a. First adult
b. Second adult
c. Third adult
d. Fourth adult

In the last five years while working at UC Berkeley, have you sought accommodations or campus resources to help you in your effort to provide care to any adults (family or friends)?

Did you request and did you receive (and if so for how long) any of the following types of accommodations?

If you received an accommodation, please specify in the text box to the right what type of program(s) or approval process you undertook to receive the particular accommodation (e.g., supervisor approved the modification of work schedule, etc.).

  Requested (or entitled2 to) accommodation? Received accommodation (if requested)? Number of Weeks Specify terms of the accommodation (and approval process)
 Yes No Yes No
a. FMLA
b. Alternative/flexible schedule
c, Sick leave to care for sick adult dependent
d. Other?

2E.G., You were entitled to the leave because of federal law.

20. How far do you live from campus? If you live in more than one place, please click "Other" and explain.

B. Work Climate

Work Support/Relationships

21. For each of the following, please indicate whether the statement is very true, somewhat true, not too true, or not at all true with respect to the work you do.

  Very true Somewhat true Not too true Not at all true
a. I have enough information to get the job done.
b. I have the necessary equipment/physical resources (e.g., computers, machinery, teaching/research materials, etc.) to get the job done.
c. I have enough time to get the job done.
d. I have the freedom I need to decide how to do my own work.
e. The people I work with can be relied on when I need help.
f. I help co-workers/colleagues with work-related problems.

22. In your job, how often do you take part with others in making decisions that affect you?

23. How often do you find out about important things at UC Berkeley from each of the following sources?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never Not applicable
a. Your supervisor/manager/faculty administrator (e.g., Chair/Dean)
b. Your co-workers/colleagues
c. Employees whom you supervise/manage (if relevant)
d. Students
e. Staff/work team meetings
f. Campus email
g. Departmental/unit email
h. Campus homepage
i. Other campus websites
j. Berkeleyan
k. Other campus media (Daily Cal, departmental/unit publications, etc.)
l. External media (local newspapers, etc.)

Relationship with Manager/Supervisor/Faculty Administrator (e.g., Chair/Dean)

24. For each of the following statements related to your manager/supervisor/faculty administrator, please indicate whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.

My manager/supervisor/administrator . . .

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable
a. provides ongoing feedback to help me improve my performance.
b. demonstrates behavior that is consistent with UC Berkeley's core values/mission of teaching, research and public service.
c. communicates a clear sense of direction for my organization.
d. supports my career development.
e. encourages two-way communication.
f. is open to ideas about how to improve the work process.
g. encourages creative thinking and new approaches to problems.
h. supports team-based approaches to complex work issues.
i. can be relied on when I need help.
j. is concerned about the welfare of those who report to him or her.

25. When you do your job well, are you likely to be praised (complimented, thanked, etc.) by your manager/supervisor/faculty administrator?

Overall Assessment of Job Situation

27. For each of the following statements, please indicate whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree
a. Conditions on my job allow me to be about as productive as I could be.
b. In my unit/department, I am treated with respect.
c. Outside my unit/department, I am treated with respect (at UC Berkeley).
d. I am proud to be working for UC Berkeley.
e. My unit/department really inspires the best in me in the way of job performance.
f. I feel a great sense of personal satisfaction when I do this job well.
g. My job lets me use my skills and abilities.
h. My job requires that I keep learning new things.
i. My main satisfaction in life comes from my work.
j. I am willing to put in a great deal of effort beyond that normally expected in order to help UC Berkeley be successful.
k. I find that my values and UC Berkeley's values are very similar.
l. Since I began working at UC Berkeley, my level of personal commitment to the organization has increased.
m. The reason I prefer UC Berkeley to other organizations is because of its mission of teaching, research, and public service.
n. Even if I were offered a comparable position with slightly higher pay and benefits at another organization, I would not leave UC Berkeley.
o. On balance, the positives of my position outweigh the negatives.
p. I would recommend UC Berkeley to friends and family seeking employment.

28. Taking everything into consideration, how likely is it you will make a genuine effort to find a new job with another employer within the next year?

29. How easy would it be for you to find a similar job with another employer with approximately the same income and benefits that you have now?

Job Satisfaction

30. All in all, how satisfied would you say you are with your job?

31. With regard to each of the following, how satisfied are you with your job situation?

  Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied Not applicable
a. Salary
b. Benefits (e.g., health care, retirement, etc.)
c. Flexibility (start, end, telecommuting, etc.)
d. Opportunities to advance
e. Opportunities to acquire additional training/career development
f. Recognition/reward for my work effort
g. The meaningfulness of the work I do
h. Support for diversity in my unit/department
i. Support for work-family balance in my unit/department
j. Respect for cultural/personal differences in my unit/department
k. UC Berkeley's commitment to diversity
l. Interaction with co-workers/colleagues
m. Manager/worker relationships
n. Office/work space (quality of space, necessary privacy, noise, etc.)
o. Opportunities to participate in campus activities
p. Opportunities to work with others outside my own unit/department

Other Workplace Issues

33. Do you feel you have experienced any of the following as an employee at UC Berkeley in the last three years? Please check all that apply.

Note: Depending on your responses, new questions will open up.

Based on which of the following, do you believe you have been discriminated against as an employee at UC Berkeley in the last three years? Check all that apply.

Note: Click here for campus resources to assist with issues of discrimination.

In which ways do you feel you have been harassed as an employee at UC Berkeley in the last three years?

Note: Click here for campus resources to assist with issues of harassment.

34. To what extent does each of the following contribute to your sense of enjoyment from working at UC Berkeley?

  To a Great Extent Somewhat Very little Not at all
a. Sports events
b. Cultural events (e.g., Cal Performances, noon concerts, etc.)
c. Educational opportunities (e.g., free lectures, taking/auditing courses, etc.)
d. Exercise/health facilities (e.g., using pool, gym, etc.)
e. Summer camps for children (e.g., sports camps, Lawrence Hall of Science camps, Strawberry Canyon camps, etc.)
f. Special events (e.g., Cal Day, Staff Appreciation Day, etc.)
g. Libraries
h. Museums

C. Work-Life Issues

35. How often during the past month have you felt . . .

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
used up at the end of the day?
energized at the end of the work day (e.g., excited in a positive manner by the work experiences of the day)?

36. Would you say that in general your health is Excellent, Very good, Good, Fair, or Poor?

37. How often do you find your work stressful?

How often do each of the following cause you stress related to your work?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. Working on unnecessary tasks or projects
b. Taking work home in the evenings or on weekends to stay caught up
c. Working excessively long hours at the office or in the field
d. Spending too much time in unimportant meetings that take me away from my work
e. Lacking the authority to carry out my job responsibilities
f. Having responsibility for an unmanageable number of projects or assignments at the same time
g. Having more work to do than can be done in an ordinary day
h. Receiving conflicting requests from two or more people

How often do each of the following cause you stress related to your work?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. Working on unnecessary tasks or projects
b. Taking work home in the evenings or on weekends to stay caught up
c. Working excessively long hours at the office or in the field
d. Spending too much time in unimportant meetings that take me away from my work
e. Lacking the authority to carry out my job responsibilities
f. Having responsibility for an unmanageable number of projects or assignments at the same time
g. Having more work to do than can be done in an ordinary day
h. Receiving conflicting requests from two or more people

How often do each of the following cause you stress related to your work?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. Working on unnecessary tasks or projects
b. Taking work home in the evenings or on weekends to stay caught up
c. Working excessively long hours at the office or in the field
d. Spending too much time in unimportant meetings that take me away from my work
e. Lacking the authority to carry out my job responsibilities
f. Having responsibility for an unmanageable number of projects or assignments at the same time
g. Having more work to do than can be done in an ordinary day
h. Receiving conflicting requests from two or more people

How often do each of the following cause you stress related to your work?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. Working on unnecessary tasks or projects
b. Taking work home in the evenings or on weekends to stay caught up
c. Working excessively long hours at the office or in the field
d. Spending too much time in unimportant meetings that take me away from my work
e. Lacking the authority to carry out my job responsibilities
f. Having responsibility for an unmanageable number of projects or assignments at the same time
g. Having more work to do than can be done in an ordinary day
h. Receiving conflicting requests from two or more people

38. How often do each of the following occur?

  Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. The demands of your job interfere with your family (personal) life.
b. The specific nature of your job benefits your family (personal) life.
c. The demands of your family (personal life) interfere with your work on the job.
d. Your family helps to support your work efforts and overall career.

39. How flexible is your work schedule?

D. Familiarity with Campus Practices & Policies

40. How familiar are you with each of the following campus practices/policies?

  Very familiar Somewhat familiar Not too familiar Not at all familiar
a. ADA and Disability resources
b. Anti-Discrimination policy
c. Academic Personnel policies
d. Chancellor's Statement on Diversity
e. Complaint Resolution procedures
f. Conflict of Interest policy
g. Flexible Work Arrangement policies
h. Leave of Absence policies
i. Principles of Community
j. UC Berkeley's Mission Statement

E. Career Development Issues

41. For each of the following, please indicate how true the statement is with respect to your career situation at UC Berkeley:

  Very true Somewhat true Not too true Not at all true Not applicable
a. I have the training opportunities I need to perform my job safely and competently.
b. I have an opportunity to develop my own special abilities.
c. I have the learning opportunities I need to advance my career (at UC Berkeley).
d. There is clarity about career development/advancement opportunities.
e. I take an active role in advancing my career.
f. The chances for promotion are good.
g. Promotions (e.g., reclassifications, etc.) are handled fairly.
h. When I do my job well, it results in tangible rewards (e.g., increase in compensation, recognition, advancement, etc.).

F. A Final Question