Less discrimination – continued stress
Progress in the area of discrimination but fewer responses in total and continued indications that many are experiencing stress. These are some of the results from the 2018 employee survey at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
“It’s been a year of change and that’s reflected in the figures, but bearing that in mind, I think it’s a good result overall,” says Annica Fröberg, KTH’s personnel manager.
A total of 61 percent of KTH’s employees responded to this year’s employee survey compared to 70 percent in 2016. The biggest decrease is within the merged schools created through the reorganisation that came into force in January.
“This is actually not surprising when working with change management,” says. “It takes time for organisations to take shape, and the decline in responses may be due to the information paths regarding the employee survey not yet being fully established, with new managers and roles.”
Annica Fröberg thinks that what is most pleasing are the results in the areas of leadership, harassment and discrimination. The latter has been singled out by the President as the area of priority for the working environment, and this year’s survey focused more sharply on discrimination than previous surveys.
“It’s extremely positive that 80 percent of respondents say that their workplace is free from discrimination, an increase from 71 percent. It’s also pleasing that leadership received good results and is the area where we have the best results. You have to remember that it’s difficult being a manager in the academic world and something you often haven’t chosen as your primary career path,” Annica says.
Stress is an area in which she sees a need for further work at KTH. Even if the results for work-life balance and recovery shifted slightly upwards, 57 percent is too low a value for recovery according to Annica Fröberg, who would like to see a “green” value of at least 70.
“This is a major problem, not only for KTH but also for society in general, and it’s linked to slimmed-down organisations and lifestyle problems in major cities. We need to continue our work in this area on identifying measures that can make life easier for employees,” she says.
An area in which KTH is losing ground is the question of whether employees would recommend the university as a workplace to others. The way that this area is structured in the survey, things are looking red.
“Of course, it would have been great to see more green in the chart, but on a scale of one to ten, I still think a seven or eight can be viewed as positive. But it’s counted as negative according to the methodology used in the survey,” says Annica Fröberg.
The results of the employee survey have been presented to all schools and other groups concerned. Local evaluation processes are now taking over, with working parties and HR managers at the schools going through the results.
“This work should get started before the summer holidays. After that, the work on various measures will pick up speed during autumn. But what this will involve in concrete terms is too early to say at this point,” says Annica Fröberg and adds:
“I’d like to thank all those who got involved and took the time to respond to the employee survey. It gives us invaluable indications regarding the areas we need to carry on working with in terms of the working environment.”
Text: Per-Ola Knutas