The richest irony I’ve seen in years

Yesterday afternoon, I’m cruising through my work Inbox, trying to pare down the 450 messages to something I can manage, when I notice the invitation below from our Human Resources department.  I can’t even begin to describe how richly ironic the timing of this invitation is.  Within a week of our Governor threatening to slash our universities’ budgets to pieces, prompting all kinds of fears about job loss, increased class sizes, crashed working conditions for those of us who stay, and so on… 

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Subject: Upcoming Faculty/Staff Survey for The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For Program 2011

Our institution is participating in The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For Program 2011, a study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces.

Part of the program involves an employee survey distributed to a random sample of each institution’s full-time Faculty, Administrators and Exempt Professional Staff.  This survey was designed specifically for Higher Education. On March 21, 2011, this survey will be distributed to a random selection of our professional employees. If you are included in this random sample of employees, you will receive an email invitation encouraging you to take part in this survey.

If you receive the invitation, please take a moment to complete the survey.  The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process that will ultimately determine the institutions recognized. After The Chronicle publishes the findings this summer, our institution will receive a report that summarizes responses to the survey questions.

This is a confidential survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships which most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and honest feedback are critical to the assessment process.

To ensure the confidentiality of your responses, your survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence.  Survey Results provided back to the universities will only be numerical in nature and will not include employee names.

We encourage everyone’s participation! A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our workforce.

Thank you in advance for your time.  Please contact the Office of Human Resources at x5653, or visit www.ChronicleGreatColleges.com, if you have any questions.

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Really?  Are you sure this is the time to be asking those questions?  Really?

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