Staff Survey actions: latest update

Since the Staff Survey results were published last year, Deborah Griffin, HR Manager and Project Manager for the Staff Survey, has been coordinating the plans to respond to what you said. Here she gives us a roundup of some of the changes underway:

“When the Vice-Chancellor’s Group looked at what everyone said, there were three main themes that came through - pay and conditions, managing change and communications.

“The University introduced a supplement for core staff on spinal points 1, 2 and 3 to bring their pay up to £7.65 per hour and has increased the budget for the Recognising Excellence scheme by 50 per cent.

“We now also have a common method for managing change projects, with the first staff already trained. Contact Mark Ricketts, Process Improvement Director, if you would like to know more. Alongside this we’ve seen support for staff improve - during the transformation of Computing Services, staff attended Q&A sessions and external trainers and coaches were brought in.

“There’s been activity to improve communications as well, including a successful series of visits by the Vice-Chancellor to departments, with 19 more in 2014/15 plus a unified digital signage system with 24 screens already installed on campus. Get in touch with comms@bath.ac.uk if you would like to know more.

“Heads of department have been working with their teams to put improvements in place.

“For example, the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology now has The Hub, a multi-media room which hosts popular regular coffee slots and staff celebrations, as well as teaching and research-related activities.

“The Faculty Office in Humanities & Social Sciences ran well attended career development sessions for administrators to promote opportunities for progression both within the Faculty and across the University, with positive feedback. They also ran sessions on managing difficult conversations, effectively managing emails, organisational skills and confidence building.

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering has appointed a Deputy Head of Department, Professor Gary Lock, with a specific remit to advise and support the career development of teaching staff.

“The Department of Estates has created a series of noticeboards, launched their own monthly ‘Nuts and Bolts’ newsletter and installed more computers and printers for the workshops and the Landscape team.

“You should expect to see changes in your area, so talk to your head of department, look out for updates on the Staff Homepage or follow @UniofBathStaff.”

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