Results of the UWSA April 2021 COVID Climate Survey

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) is pleased to present the results of our April 2021 COVID Campus Climate Survey.  

On July 31st, 2020, we published the results of our first survey which shared a list of the top ten concerns of the staff who participated. The most pressing categories included workspace equipment/environment, working with family responsibilities, and workload. The results of the second survey can be found below.

As the organization responsible for representing and supporting University of Waterloo staff, the UWSA uses these results to determine which areas of concern require our attention. Rest assured that the UWSA continues to advocate for UWaterloo staff and that we are doing our best to keep you all informed. 

In fact, we are happy to share that most staff respondents were satisfied with our efforts to keep them informed, and we will continue to do our best to support you all. 

Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the surveys, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you to all who participated in our first and second COVID Campus Climate surveys! 

Positive Results

Our second survey provided us with information on how staff respondents were feeling about their work situation. We’re happy to share that a large majority reported feeling positive, even during these uncertain times.

Statement % Strongly or Somewhat Agree
UWSA keeps staff informed 98%
I feel grateful 97%
My manager is supportive 95%
UW admin keeps staff informed 94%
I feel confident about my employment stability 94%
I feel efficient and productive in my job 94%
Current situation is fine or better 84%

Areas of Concern

Below is a list of the percentage of concerned staff respondents for each survey category, in order of the categories with the most concerns to the least concerns. 

Area of Concern % Serious or Somewhat a Concern
General feelings of stress, pressure, and/or anxiety 83%
Uncertainty/anxiety about returning to campus 78%
Campus COVID-19 safety 75%
Missing other campus community members 69%
Workload 66%
Balancing work with family responsibilities 58%
Workspace equipment & environment 48%

The following section highlights a comparison of some of the data collected from both surveys: 

 Work Location

Compared to the May 2020 COVID climate survey, there was a 10% decrease in the number of staff respondents working remotely in April 2021. As we begin to transition back to campus for the Fall term, we expect to see even more UWaterloo staff return to work on campus.

Work Location Survey 1 Survey 2
Remote 89% 79%
Campus 2% 6%
Both 7% 15%
Other 2%  

UWSA Membership

Most respondents in both surveys were UWSA members: 

UWSA Membership Survey 1 Survey 2
Member 88% 92%
Non-member 10% 6%
Unsure 2% 2%

We noticed a small percentage of staff who were unsure of their UWSA membership status. Because of these results, the UWSA is now offering a convenient service for staff to check whether or not they are a UWSA member. Simply send an email using your uwaterloo email address to uwsamemb@uwaterloo.ca, and you will receive a response within the hour, during our hours of operation. 

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