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Flexible Work Survey 2022

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Surveys are underway at most Stanford schools and administrative units to gather ideas and feedback on our new ways of working.

Over the past few years, we’ve undergone a huge transformation in how we work as an organization. The ability of our employees to adapt and innovate has been a crucial part of our success—and we want to hear from you as our workplace continues to evolve.

We now work in a more distributed work environment, with a variety of arrangements: fully on-site, hybrid, or fully remote. This survey will gather input from people in all of these arrangement types about what is working well, what could be improved, and ways we can enhance how we connect, collaborate and innovate in service to Stanford’s mission.

Survey focus

The focus of this survey is on our work practices: How we plan for collaborative on-site work, our meeting experiences, the levels of connection in teams and with colleagues, and workspace effectiveness.  

Who will receive the survey and when?

Most schools and units are participating in the survey and it will be sent to a wide range of roles, including people in any type of work arrangement (On-site, Hybrid or Remote). More specifically, recipients will include: 

  • Individual Contributors 
  • Managers (including Faculty who manage staff for some schools)
  • Benefits-Eligible Staff (including union-represented employees)
  • Academic Staff Researchers
  • Academic Staff Librarians

If you do not receive a survey email and would like to offer your feedback: You can contact your HR team to see if your organization is participating. If not, you can share your thoughts by emailing flexiblework@stanford.edu or by completing this anonymous Google form.  Note: use of this form requires you sign in to your Stanford Google account in order to restrict access to Stanford employees - however, your name and email address are not recorded with your response.

HR Resources

Survey administrators can find additional resources on the HRM Toolkit. The HRM Toolkit resources require secure login.

Frequently Asked Questions

What action will schools and units take based on the survey results?

The insights from the survey will allow schools and units to examine work practices, physical workspaces, and other methods to improve connection and collaboration between team members—for example, setting up anchor days for teams, implementing a new collaboration technology tool, additional training or resources, etc.

How will the university as a whole use the survey results?

Aggregated results will be shared with university leadership to provide visibility into our new ways of working—where people work most frequently, their experiences with meetings and collaboration, their levels of connection—and their suggestions for improvements. This information will inform strategy regarding our future of work at Stanford and help prioritize our areas of focus for central support and processes.

My school or unit isn’t participating - how can I share my feedback?

If you did not receive a survey email and would like to offer your feedback, you can email flexiblework@stanford.edu or complete this anonymous google form.  Note: use of this form requires you sign in to your Stanford Google account in order to limit responses to Stanford employees - however, your name and email address are not recorded with your response.

How is confidentiality maintained? Will my manager know it’s me who’s recommending something change in our team?

Your responses are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone in any way that might identify you. Data collected will be anonymized, and we will not report on very small  groups of participants. No identifying information from text responses will be shared. Data from this survey are not intended for academic publication. More information is below: 

Your privacy and the anonymity of your survey responses 

How do you keep my answers confidential? Who will have access to the data? Will my supervisor or advisor or others in my department/work unit be able to tell how I responded? 

Anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses 

Your responses to this survey are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone in any way that might identify you. Data collected from the survey will be anonymized by the UHR Workforce Analytics team. 

I know my responses are confidential, but still I’m concerned about being identified. 

We understand that people who identify with a relatively small demographic or identity group within a department, work unit or larger organization may be concerned about being identified once survey results are published, and that this may have happened in the context of past surveys administered by other groups/organizations. 

For example: 

I am one of two people who identify as members of a minority group in my work unit. When the survey results come out, won’t everyone know who I am anyway? Won’t they be able to guess how I responded? 

I am the only one in my department who is a caregiver for small children. Won’t my manager know which responses were mine when results are shared? 

Your privacy and safety is a key guiding principle. 

We will not be reporting findings broken out by demographic/identity categories when there are few people represented in one of those categories, no matter the level of aggregation. For example, if we find that there are only two Native American employees in a school or unit, we would never post statistics that break out Native Americans as a separate group within that school. We will not be providing demographic/identity breakouts for small departments or work units (e.g., less than 50) or any other level of reporting that could potentially allow others in your organization either to identify you directly from your demographics or to identify how you may have responded based on data and findings shared from the survey. 

Why does the survey ask for personal demographic information?

Demographic information will be correlated to survey data at a summary level to provide insights into how experiences of flexible work may vary related to gender, caregiver status, disability and race or ethnicity.  These questions are optional and participants can choose to skip them if desired.