Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I be sure the survey results are confidential?
You will not be asked for your Net ID when you take the survey.  Therefore, the University will have no way of tracking who took the survey. In addition, departments with less than ten employees will not receive an individual report. Their results will be rolled up to the next level.

Can my computer’s IP Address, a unique number assigned to my computer, be tracked by Yale in order to gain access to an individual’s Workplace Survey response?
No, Yale nor Mercer-Sirota is tracking anyone’s computer to determine who has and who has not participated in the survey. At Yale, survey participation is strongly encouraged but not required. We are very appreciative of the responses received and will use the information collected to strengthen the climate and culture of the university.

If I am the only person in my department of a specific demographic, such as gender, race, age, military status, can my individual responses be accessed and/or viewed by my manager or a member of Yale’s leadership team?
No, responses by demographic groups that do not total 10 or more cannot be accessed. Sirota Survey Intelligence has imposed a standard for data collection. The standard requires that there be 10 or more of any demographic group (i.e. age, race, gender, military status, etc.) before survey results are shared with the university. This means that any demographic of nine or less in any given demographic category will not be accessible at the department level. Such responses/results will be rolled up into the next level of reporting, making an individual’s information impossible to access.

Can my manager or Yale leadership track participation by individual, meaning, does Yale know if I’ve participated or not in the 2019 Survey?
No, no one at Yale, nor the staff at Sirota can track an individual’s participation. The Yale Workplace Survey does not request an individual’s name or Net ID, it is impossible to know who has and has not participated.

Will a pizza party continue as an incentive for the 2019 Workplace Survey?
Yes, pizza party celebrations will continue in 2019. Departments that review their 2019 data and create an action plan, will be eligible for a departmental pizza party.  Managers will be expected to record their 2019 Action Plan into the Action Tracker Tool.  The tool will be introduced during the Workplace Survey Results to Action Training workshops which will begin in early May.

When will the results be communicated?
The results should be communicated during the first quarter of 2019.

How will the results be communicated?
The results will be communicated in a variety of ways. There will be Town Hall meetings to review the University’s results. The results will also be posted on the Workplace Survey’s website. Your individual department’s results will be presented by your manager. 

What will happen as a result of the Workplace Survey?
Depending on the results of the survey, the University will determine a number of initiatives to work on for the next couple of years. Action Plans will be developed and teams created to work on the initiatives. The survey results will be well publicized and many employees will have the opportunity to help make Yale the employer of choice.