April 2022

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

Get Ready to Participate in the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey

Mason has partnered with Gallup, a leading third-party survey administrator, to administer the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey.

All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to participate in this survey when it opens on Monday, April 18.

How do I take the survey?

On April 18, Gallup will send you a unique survey link to your Mason email address. When you receive Gallup’s email, take the time to open your unique link and participate in the survey.

When will the survey be available?

The Faculty and Staff Experience Survey will launch on Monday, April 18, 2022, and will be open for approximately two weeks.

Who is being surveyed?

All of Mason’s employees are invited to participate in the survey. This includes full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, classified staff, administrative and professional faculty, wage employees, as well as student and graduate student employees.

How long is the survey?

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Why should I take the survey?

Taking the time to participate in this survey is vital to the Mason community because you are:

  • Helping create a workplace that better understands, creates space for, and engages in inclusion and belonging practices 
  • Sharing your well-being needs in a pandemic-altered workplace
  • Co-creating an environment where you can continue to make a meaningful impact at Mason
  • Being a part of actionable plans and results because of your response

Are my answers confidential?


  • Gallup adheres to strict confidentiality rules for survey responses.
  • All data collected is stored by Gallup and is kept strictly confidential.
  • Individual responses remain confidential and will NOT be shared with Mason or its leadership.
  • All responses are aggregated into a larger working groups/divisions consisting of no fewer than five employees to ensure responses cannot be traced back to the individual.
  • Gallup creates and issues unique survey links to each employee; Mason will not have access to these links.
  • The email invitation from Gallup will NOT ask for any personal information (date of birth, social security number, etc.).

Will anyone from Mason see my survey responses?


  • The email invitation is sent through Gallup, not Mason.
  • Gallup creates and issues links that route survey participants to the Gallup survey platform—the survey is not hosted on a Mason server.
  • All data is collected and stored by Gallup.
  • Gallup adheres to strict confidentiality rules for survey responses.
  • Individual responses remain confidential and will not be shared with Mason.
  • All responses are aggregated into larger working groups/divisions consisting of no fewer than five employees to ensure responses cannot be linked to an individual.

What is Mason going to do with the results?

The results of this survey will be actionable. The data will be used to inform decision-making and strategic planning.

Leaders throughout the university will have access to aggregated team data, can consult with the Organizational Development and Learning team, and will have access to Gallup’s robust library of action plans to create meaningful change based on feedback.

Can I take the survey during working hours?

Yes, you may participate in the survey during work or at another time. The survey is available online during the two-week administration window beginning on Monday, April 18, 2022.

What if I have questions?

Before taking the survey, you can browse the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey website.

Student Loan Repayment Information Session for University Employees

Join us virtually on Wednesday, April 27, from noon to 1 p.m.

This session is presented by Shannon Osborne, assistant director of financial well-being with the Student Support and Advocacy Center, in partnership with Human Resources and Payroll.

This is an informational session to discuss student loan repayment and make sure university employees are prepared for when the COVID deferment on student loan payments expires. We will explain how COVID-19 has impacted student loan repayments. This session is open to all Mason faculty and staff. You do not need student loan debt yourself to attend this session, as it is also important to understand what Mason students face with repayment. Attendees will end the session with the confidence and ability to get started, or continue, on a path to successful student loan repayments.

Registration: Register in advance by visiting our Money Talks Series page to access the event.

Save the Date: Open Enrollment Begins May 2

Save the date! Open enrollment will start May 2 and end May 16. Open enrollment is the time each spring when you can make changes related to your health plan and re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account for the new year.

An open enrollment package will be mailed to your home address by the Commonwealth of Virginia sometime mid-April. Make sure your address is up to date in Patriot Web so you receive it!

Human Resources and Payroll will send out more information in the coming weeks, so be sure to check your Mason email.

Submit Your Ideas for Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day

Mark your calendars: May 25 is Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day! This is an all-day virtual event (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with interactive sessions centered around the theme Renew, Refresh, Reimagine. Stay tuned for more information as we develop this year’s agenda.

What topics would you like to explore? We want to hear your suggestions! Submit your ideas on the Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day website.