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Employee exit interviews to begin Oct. 15

October 1, 2012

In an effort to identify employment trends and better understand employees' work experiences and the climate at Colorado State, the University, through the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and the Office of Equal Opportunity, will begin conducting confidential exit interviews with faculty and staff who voluntarily leave the University.

"We realized that we needed data about why people stay and why people leave the University,” said Mary Ontiveros, vice president for Diversity. "Former employees provide essential insight about how we can improve the campus’ work environment," she said, “while also offering perceptions on strengths that can be celebrated and promoted.

"Our goal is to continue to be an employer of choice," Ontiveros said. "And conducting these interviews gives us the vital information we need to proactively accomplish that goal."

Fourteen selected interviewers

This past spring, a call was put out for University volunteers to serve as exit interviewers. The response was overwhelming, with more than 60 highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff applying. Of this group, 14 were selected by the Employee Exit Interview Selection Committee (Dave Mornes, Administrative Professional Council chair; Farrah Bustamante, Classified Staff Council chair; Tim Gallagher, Faculty Council chair; Diana Prieto, Office of Equal Opportunity director; and Mary Ontiveros, vice president for Diversity).

"The common characteristic of all the outstanding employees who applied," said Ontiveros, "was their interest and commitment to bettering the University."

Trained to interview

These selected interviewers will be trained on interviewing techniques through the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Training and Organizational Development.

"Personal, one-on-one interviews allows more in depth questions and the space for someone to give us information in a safe and confidential environment," said Prieto. "The information they provide will help us become a better employer as we learn what we do well and what we can improve upon."

Schedule a confidential exit interview

Faculty and staff who are voluntarily leaving the University are encouraged to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity to schedule a confidential exit interview to share their CSU experience in an effort to enhance the experience for all CSU employees.

Contact: Rod Higgins
Phone: (970) 491-2297