What’s it like at work?
KTH is about to send out its recurring employee survey. The purpose of the survey is to get a clear picture of the working environment. This year, many of the questions address harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.
This is the fifth time KTH has conducted a survey to find out more about employees’ views on job satisfaction and the working environment.
“This time we’re particularly emphasising the President’s prioritised area: discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment,” says Annica Fröberg, Director of Personnel at KTH.
As in previous surveys, there are also questions about leadership and the working climate. The survey is being sent out to all employees at KTH. This year, it will also be sent out to doctoral students funded other than through an employment contract.
What does the survey mean to KTH?
“I’d describe it as a workplace temperature check,” she says. “We can identify areas of improvement that we can prioritise. But then it’s always a balancing act when it comes to reading and interpreting the answers.”
Earlier surveys showed that many employees were stressed. This led to KTH offering stress management seminars via occupational health. Lectures were also given and were made available for viewing on the intranet. The various schools have also run activities.
“Together with the unions, we finance life and career planning for employees looking for more input on developing their lives and careers.”
KTH offers staff life and career planning twice a year.
Other initiatives carried out as a result of the survey include increasing awareness of procedures in the event of emergencies, near-accidents and fire evacuation, and clearly setting out how discrimination, harassment and discriminatory treatment are handled.
What have the results of the survey been like in the longer term?
“The positive thing is that staff have always been hugely committed and proud to work here. In the early surveys, people weren’t sure how to report discrimination and receive support, and we have improved in that respect. Stress has been harder to tackle.”
Annica Fröberg wants to encourage everyone who receives the survey to have their say on the working environment at KTH.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to play a part in helping to create a good working environment. It’s important that every member of staff enjoys their work and wants to contribute.”
The survey is also an opportunity for self-reflection, she says.
“We have zero tolerance of discrimination and harassment. We need to start with ourselves. How do I think and how do I want to be treated? How am I contributing to our working environment?”
Text: Ann Patmalnieks