New survey on workload by VAWO and FNV
12 February 2019 – With a new survey, VAWO and FNV are once again joining forces to gain insight into the workload at universities. This survey is the follow-up to the first study on workload conducted at the end of 2016. That survey showed that almost 7 out of 10 employees experience a high to very high workload.
With the results of the first survey, the unions agreed with employers that each university would come up with a plan to reduce the work pressure. The deadline was the 1st of January 2018. Now the trade unions would like to know to what extent the workload is being tackled and whether employees are already noticing effects. Especially because VAWO and FNV are receiving signals that the workload at universities is still unsustainably high. Other aspects that influence job satisfaction are also discussed in the survey: do they experience a safe working environment or do they experience behavior like intimidation and/or bullying. And how much support do they receive from their manager?
In addition, the VAWO and FNV are curious about how employees view the role of the government in this. What can the government do to ensure that working at universities remains attractive?
The unions hope that as many university employees as possible, including non-members, will participate in the survey. The more people, the better the VAWO and the FNV can represent their interests.
Anyone working at a university is welcome to participate. The survey can be completed until the 20th of February and can be completed in Dutch or English. It takes about 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.