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IMG_2794Last fall, the Department of Human Resources invited the Canisius community to participate in an employee engagement survey.  The survey provided employees with a voice, and an opportunity to identify the ways in which the college can promote engagement and focus on areas that require attention.  On Thursday, March 2, the Human Resources Department and the Institutional Research Department shared the results of the non-faculty employee survey with the campus community.

In it, employees revealed what they like most about working at Canisius College.  Primary responses included colleagues, students, their departments, the Canisius mission, and the sense of autonomy or empowerment employees have in their respective positions.

“The survey also revealed what drives engagement among non-faculty employees at Canisius,” said Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance. According to the findings, “employees seek recognition and appreciation, communication, trust in leadership and opportunities to learn and grow,” continued Walleshauser.

Based on these four engagement drivers, Walleshauser outlined the colleges’ next steps for improving upon employee engagement.

“Our strategy will focus on teamwork, management and institutional culture,” said Walleshauser.  To start the process, the college will create an employee engagement team, emphasize and enhance consistent communication across the campus community and commit to an ongoing engagement plan, one that includes an annual employee engagement survey.  “You, the employees, are the most important asset to Canisius College,” Walleshauser concluded.

For more information about the survey findings or to participate on the employee engagement team, contact Linda Walleshauser at Ext. 2244 or by e-mail at

Submitted by: College Communications