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Sussex takes action on staff survey results

The University’s staff survey steering group are coordinating and leading institution-wide actions in response to the results of the most recent staff survey in November 2018. In addition, each Head of School and Divisional Director has responsibility for their own local staff survey action plans.
The University has now shared a summary of the institutional Staff Survey Action Plan.
Claire Annesley, who chairs the steering group, says: “Only 30% of staff thought that action would be taken in response to the disappointing results of this survey.
“We would like to reassure staff that we take the findings of our staff surveys very seriously and we have been developing priority action plans.”

For example, to address bullying and harassment an institutional action group is overseeing the introduction of a new Dignity and Respect policy – which all staff will shortly be invited to consult on. The policy includes a raft of proactive actions including an expanded training programme and other interventions such as the introduction of Dignity Champions across the University.
Other actions focus on ensuring staff feel safe to speak up and feel valued, on enhancing collaboration between staff, and on providing the most effective leadership.

A wide range of new initiatives that have been introduced in the past year will also make a real difference to the ways in which we work and the opportunities that staff have access to. These include ‘Flexible Sussex’, a new mentoring scheme, new training and development opportunities, and welfare and staff discount schemes.
In addition to these changes, each school and division is drawing up its own bespoke action plan; if you haven’t seen your plan yet, you will do very soon.
Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell says: “The overall results show that we have many committed and positive members of staff.
“We are disappointed that overall engagement levels have not risen during the past year following the introduction of new initiatives.
“We hear loud and clear that staff want change. However, we are only at the start of our transformation programme, and it can take time for staff to feel the changes.
“We must continue our on-going programme of improvements to build on the pride that most staff (70%) have in working for the University of Sussex.”
Sheila Gupta, Director of Human Resources, adds: “We will be following up on the main themes arising from the survey with staff focus groups, which will enable us to better understand the specific issues and concerns, thereby tailoring our responses in order to improve.
“We have plans to conduct staff surveys more frequently so we can keep a much closer tab on the progress we are making.” The next one is planned for summer 2020.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019


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