Welcome back, everybody. I hope you had a restful holiday and are ready to take on a new year with new challenges.
Last fall, we asked all NMSU employees throughout the system to complete a climate survey. We wanted to understand the challenges you face at work at NMSU. A big thanks to all who completed the survey.
Dr. Noel Landuyt from the Institute for Organizational Excellence presented the climate survey results to NMSU administration shortly before Winter Break. NMSU’s overall score was 362 out of 500. Dr. Landuyt described scores greater than 350 as desirable. However, although the data place us on solid ground, we have plenty of areas where we should seek improvement.
Our response rate was only 39 percent. This number may seem adequate, but to people familiar with survey metrics, this is one metric we should improve for the next survey. One way to increase the response rate is to demonstrate that we used your feedback to improve working conditions.
Our strongest results were in the areas of workgroup, strategic, supervision, employee engagement and the workplace. In general, people indicated that they understand their role at NMSU and our mission, vision and strategic plan. People generally feel supported by their supervisors, and they cooperate with colleagues to complete their work. This is a strong foundation on which to continue building a more positive workplace.
The survey also provided a clear picture of areas for improvement: We had the lowest ratings for pay, benefits and internal communication. Improved compensation is already a clear priority of Goal 4 in NMSU LEADS 2025. Communication is an ongoing challenge that we will take on the upcoming months. We also recognize the need to build trust among administration and faculty. I welcome thoughts you have on any of these topics (President.Floros@nmsu.edu).
Look for activity around the climate survey in your workplace and on your campus, and please take advantage of opportunities to help us improve. When the next climate survey rolls out, we want to say that we all worked hard to make NMSU a better place to work.
Many thanks to Dr. Gena Jones for her leadership in planning and completing the survey. Thank you to our faculty and staff for all your work. Let’s have a great spring semester!
I welcome your comments at President.Floros@nmsu.edu.