Workplace Wellness Survey Attracts 449 Responses in November 2009

Within its first month of collection, the 2009–2010 Library Workplace Wellness online survey has attracted 449 responses from library employees from around the country. The survey, sponsored by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), provides an important opportunity for library employees to share information about the availability of, and employee participation in, work/life options in libraries around the nation. The online survey, available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0Pz4LqU_2bnMJOyZORPX8GYQ_3d_3d, will be available through early 2010.

This survey continues the work of the 2007–2008 Library Workplace Wellness online survey. Over 2,500 library employees responded, and Library Worklife published the results in four articles (available on the ALA-APA website). The results of this survey will be reported in forthcoming issues of Library Worklife. No library or names will be identified unless we receive your written permission.

“The success of the survey rests largely on individual response rates,” notes ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady. “We encourage all library workers to log on and help us create the most complete picture possible of Work/Life options offered in our nation’s libraries.”

The results of the survey will provide important information for library administrators, ALA-APA and library advocates about the size and scope of work/life initiatives offered in American libraries. ALA-APA also hopes that the survey will raise employer awareness of the prevalence of work/life initiatives like alternative work schedules, wellness classes, health screenings and onsite childcare, initiatives which can significantly improve employer recruitment and retention as well as increase the quality of life for employees.  ALA-APA also compared data from 2003 and 2008 on public and academic library benefits.

ALA-APA advocates growth, advancement and opportunity for all library employees. For additional information about ALA-APA, contact the ALA-APA Director, Jenifer Grady, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2424, or visit ALA-APA’s website. HRDR focuses on professional development for library workers, encourages recruitment of a diverse workforce in libraries, and advocates for best practices in human resources and library management. Visit HRDR’s web site, or contact Director Lorelle Swader at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4278, for more information.