Want to help improve your work environment? You can share your thoughts on Lab culture in a voluntary survey to be sent from culture@lbl.gov on March 20. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the survey, which is being distributed by the Lab’s Learning and Culture Office headed by Aditi Chakravarty. The results will be shared Lab-wide later this summer, and the Lab community will be given resources to develop action plans based on insights from the survey.                    

“One of the Lab’s strategic goals is to strengthen its culture so that our people feel inspired to contribute their talents to the Lab’s scientific mission,” said Chakravarty. In organizations, ‘culture’ is the set of shared values, norms, practices, and mental models people use to get work done and achieve common goals. When we understand it this way, we know that culture influences our behavior at every level, whether we are aware or not. It is important that we find ways to understand whether our default behaviors reflect and align with the Lab’s stewardship values that we talk and care most about.”

One of the survey’s goals is understanding employee experiences across different demographic factors such as area, gender, race/ethnicity, and years at the Lab. To do that, each individual’s survey responses will be linked to basic Human Resources (HR) information and self-identification data that employees input into UC Path when they were hired. 

Your responses are strictly confidential. Strong data security measures are in place, and individual survey results will only be seen and then immediately de-identified and analyzed by the Culture Data Scientist, Adi Greif, who is committed to protecting employee data and feedback. The Culture Survey data analysis plan, privacy protocols, and other background information are available on the survey website.

“We will only report information in the aggregate, so it won’t be possible for any comments to be tied back to an individual,” said Greif. “We want as much participation as possible since this survey will be the foundation we will use to measure how our Lab culture evolves over time.”

“We need as many people as possible across the Lab to take this survey,” said Chakravarty. “Participating gives each of us, regardless of our role or where we sit in the organization, the opportunity to share feedback on our experiences as employees, and it gives everyone at the Lab a chance to make meaningful change. We all care about this place and have the power to make it even better.”

You can learn more about the survey at culture.lbl.gov.