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Office of the Provost Academic Area Hiring Approval Directive
2016 Preliminary EES Results

Notice of Summer Hours
2016 Employee Engagement Survey
Implementation and Promotion of a Tobacco Free Pullman Campus


Office of the Provost Academic Area Hiring Approval Directive

On December 6, 2016, Provost Bernardo directed academic areas to obtain specific approvals for all Faculty, Administrative Professional, and Civil Service hires.

  • See here for the December 6, 2016 directive
  • See here for the Q&A’s released by the Office of the Provost
  • See here for process document relating to this directive

2016 Preliminary Employee Engagement Survey Results

The biennial survey was sent on Monday, March 28, 2016 to all active faculty, administrative professional and classified staff. The survey response period was from March 28, 2016 to April 08, 2016.

Preliminary survey results: 2016 Survey Results

HRS will provide additional communication about the survey when detailed summaries (including response by area/campus) are finalized.

Notice of Summer Hours

With the academic year drawing to a close, it is time for managers to make plans for summer schedules. Washington State University’s business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year round.

In keeping with a long-standing practice, WSU will observe a schedule known as summer hours for as many employees as possible, while still meeting the requirement to serve the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Summer hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with 30 minutes for lunch, during the period from Monday, May 08, 2017, through Friday, August 11, 2017.

It is the responsibility of the supervisors and staff of each area to provide service to the public during the noon hour and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during this period. Summer hours are approved at the department level.

Managers may approve an employee to work a flexible work schedule, including a 4/10s work schedule. The manager is responsible for determining the work schedule in accordance with the needs of the operations, and applicable rules or policies.

Information on flexible scheduling: Flexible Scheduling.

Employee Engagement Survey

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Human Resources Services (HRS) will invite all employees system-wide on active Faculty, Administrative, and Classified appointments to participate in the biennial Employee Engagement Survey. Employees will receive the survey at their WSU email address or, for those without a WSU email address, at their mailing address on record.

Employees are encouraged to complete the survey between Monday, March 28, 2016 and midnight of Friday, April 8, 2016. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Individual responses and specific answers will be kept confidential.

The Employee Engagement Survey is an opportunity for employees to provide feedback about working at WSU. The information gathered from this survey will be used to evaluate perceptions of the workplace and identify areas where the university exceeds or where the university could improve, as a place to work, and as an institution that sets standards of excellence in research and world-class education. Results from the survey will be used to compare past and future surveys to measure progress and determine how effective improvement efforts are in the long term.

HRS will communicate the final results to the WSU community to assist areas/colleges in developing strategies to address identified workplace engagement issues or concerns.

For questions about the Employee Engagement Survey, please visit Employee Engagement Survey, or contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or

Interim President Bernardo’s March 21, 2016 Blog Post: Your Voice Matters: Employee Engagement Survey Launching March 28th.

Implementation and Promotion of a Tobacco Free Pullman Campus

A new Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and revised policy in the Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM) for a tobacco and nicotine free WSU Pullman will take affect August 22, 2016. This WAC and policy will include noncontiguous WSU-owned property within the city of Pullman and Whitman County.

Implementation of the new WAC will focus on the promotion of tobacco and nicotine cessation programs for faculty, staff, and students.

Cessation programs and resources are available for faculty and staff at Human Resource Services- Quit Tobacco and for students at Health & Wellness Services.

WSU Pullman representatives or contacts will help to inform and assist visitors, guests, and contractors to meet the new WAC and revised safety policy.

The new WAC is being processed and will be published by the Washington State Register December 16, 2015. Until then the WAC is available at:

The revised SPPM will be made available after May 16, 2016.

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