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NIH Workforce COVID-19 Impact Survey

Overview:

The NIH Workforce COVID-19 Impact Survey is an assessment being conducted by the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), in conjunction with various NIH offices, to assess impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NIH workforce. This includes NIH federal staff, students and trainees, postdocs, volunteers, and contractors who work onsite. The 15-20-minute questionnaire will survey workplace experiences (since maximum telework began on March 16th). It will be distributed NIH wide on July 14 and available for two weeks. The survey is being administered by an independent outside entity (Deloitte), and data will be maintained in a de-identified manner. The responses will inform our understanding of the current workplace environment and help develop strategies addressing COVID-19 related inequities within the NIH workforce.

Background:

The central objective for COSWD is to expand the diversity of the scientific workforce. To that end, COSWD has an immediate need to survey the NIH workforce to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce overall and on vulnerable populations. We aim to administer the survey to all NIH federal staff, students and trainees, postdocs, volunteers, and contractors who work onsite (including those who have been participating in maximum telework since March 16th) at NIH offices with an @nih.gov email address or some variance of it. 

Why:

We know these are difficult and unprecedented times, but your response will help us ensure we understand the impact of the pandemic on all staff working at NIH. We learned from the NIH Workplace Climate and Harassment Survey (completed last year) that there are particularly vulnerable groups in the NIH community such as women, trainees, younger staff (age 18-24), and those who identify as sexual and gender minorities who experience bullying and harassment. We also know there are unique stresses associated with COVID-19 that are disproportionately impacting underrepresented groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian/Alaskan Natives from a public health perspective and therefore, it may be impacting other aspects of work and family life. Recent studies show a higher impact on women in the workforce during COVID-19 who must also manage childcare and elderly care. We developed the survey with these insights in mind to develop helpful strategies addressing inequities or problems in the NIH workforce. The NIH is administering this survey.

Anonymity:

The survey is being conducted by an independent outside entity (Deloitte) and data will be maintained in a de-identified manner. It will be administered via a unique email link and will be sent to NIH federal staff, students and trainees, postdocs, volunteers, and contractors who have been given permission to participate. The survey is only being administered to individuals with email accounts at NIH and will not be available in a hardcopy format. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and all questions do not require answers. Personal demographic questions included help us to identify vulnerable, diverse groups at NIH in need of additional support.  These questions are optional to answer as well. NIH will not be able to associate respondent names with the de-identified data that the independent outside entity will provide after the survey.

Time Commitment: The total survey time will take about 15-20 minutes. It can be done via smartphone, tablet, or computer. It will launch on July 14 and will be open for two weeks.

Contact

Please contact us at workclimate@od.nih.gov with any questions. If you have any exposure and illness concerns individuals are encouraged to visit the NIH Employees COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions about Exposures and Illness Concerns.

 

 

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