Staff Pulse Survey

The inaugural Staff Pulse Survey was conducted in the spring of 2015; the latest Pulse survey concluded in March 2018. The purpose of this survey is to help the university understand how our workforce is aligning with critical university priorities.

For reference, below is a picture of what the survey looks like once employees receive it (this was from the 2016 version):

survey screenshot


Your answers to this survey are completely confidential – nobody at USC will ever see your individual responses. To ensure anonymity, USC contracts with a third party vendor to conduct the survey – Gartner (formerly known as CEB) is the independent consulting firm that conducts our survey (read their privacy statement). Gartner has a proven record of administering confidential staff surveys, compiling and interpreting results, and developing measurable action plans based on the findings. This survey is designed and structured not only to ensure confidentiality, but to also make your participation easy. So that we obtain the most accurate information possible, we encourage you to express your honest opinions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your voice! When you receive your Staff Pulse Survey invitation, take a few minutes (usually, 15-20) to complete it right away!

More on protecting anonymity

To protect the anonymity of all survey respondents, groups with fewer than 7 respondents do not have their group information reported. However, all those responding DO have their responses “rolled up” to higher levels of the organization and are included in those results – so everyone’s responses are counted.

For example, if the department known as “Employee Communications” only has 6 employees complete the survey, then no “Employee Communications” group results will be reported. But since “Employee Communications” is part of the Human Resources division, then those 6 responses will be included in the division report in aggregate, which will in turn all be included in the university-level reporting as well.