I want your thoughts on how candid I should be in responding to a Zoomerang Survey that my department head sent out.
As I have posted on other threads, morale is not great at my workplacet. More people in my department continue to leave, taking lateral jobs that require relocations. I've tried to remain positive, but this week even I began feeling very negative about things -- meanwhile, the market is really up turning as Mark and Mike described, and I'm getting lots of calls as a result of my good Linkedin profile.
This past week, our department head (my boss's boss) sent out a survey from Zoomerang about how people feel about our department culture, leadership, promotions, etc. saying it was anonymous. We all got the same three URLs (not unique URLs), 11 questions each (limit on free accounts is 12 questions) in an E-mail where each department member (n=45) was on the "To". Looking at the questions, I suspect I'll answer "Strongly Disagree" to many of them, and I've been making notes on a number of comments I will make, all with potential solutions. I plan to access the URL from my home computer too, in case an IP address is tracked.
Before I do, I wanted to ask if there should be anything I think about before responding to the survey or entering comments? I want to also know if the results go only to the department head, or if someone outside the department (HR, or his boss) started the survey.
EDIT: Additional info, within our department, people are so quick to find negatives in what other people do, usually behind their back, are quick to dismiss ideas or claim they are too risky, give people no credit for the time or effort they've done to do a quality job or research something, and managers are quick to become angry when stressed (known as the s--t down approach in our department). I actually may not need to write much as I've talked on the phone with a few coworkers this weekend, and others are writing what I was going to write. I'm mentoring someone (who I've actually known for 4+ years) who surprised me the other day telling me she cries or 15 min every day before coming to work. I should add that all of us have generous severance plans due to being acquired -- some people are afraid of using it, some people are hoping to use it.
My boss actually supports me very well, the problem is that the other bosses underneath my boss's boss, who were all recently promoted, do not think very highly of me according to my boss. They are unfamiliar with the complexities of my project, and come from a different background. I actually drafted a LONG post about this, but decided not to share. My boss is open to all ideas from me on helping but agrees the culture is really bad. Though I have a PhD in science / engineering, I have studied and practiced in non-profits communication, leadership, organizational behavior, conflict, negotiation, teamwork, motivation, etc for many, many years. The current management of my department was promoted because of their science, and because they were on visible projects. I don't think they have the ability to think about people in the proper way (which a read of 7 Habits could show them), which is why my suggestions could be valuable - if they listen.