UW–Madison Smart Restart: For information about fall semester instruction and campus operations, please visit For COVID-19 news updates, see

Upcoming employee benefits preferences survey

On November 26, UW–Madison will be issuing a survey that will ask for your input on employee benefits. The purpose of this survey is to evaluate how well our UW benefits programs are meeting the diverse needs of our faculty and staff and will help shape our benefits offerings in the future. We want to better understand which programs our employees and their families value most — and how those programs align with UW’s goal: to attract and retain talented employees (that’s you!).

The purpose of the survey is to measure your preferences and satisfaction with the various plans and programs available to you. Your participation is vital to making this effort a success.

Keep in mind there is no intent to reduce benefits. Your responses will help enhance UW’s benefit programs in the future. For example, we may consider reallocating additional funding to align our benefits offerings with your wants and needs.

About the process

Mercer, an independent human resources consulting firm, will send you an email with a personalized link to the survey and instructions for completing it. This email is not a phishing scam.  The email subject line will be “UW Employee Benefits Preferences Survey” and will come from the email address of Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

The survey is confidential and will be conducted online by Mercer. Only aggregated results will be shared with decision-makers at UW. The survey will be administered securely online and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open November 26 through December 14.

Here’s what we plan to do with your input

We will review the results of the survey to determine how well our programs are meeting the needs of UW’s diverse workforce, and review any benefit enhancements to better respond to your needs.

Thank you

We believe this will be time well spent for both you and UW. The results from this survey will help us shape benefits programs in a way that incorporates your views and preferences.  Thank you in advance for your participation.