Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Search the University of Manchester siteSearch Menu StaffNet

Second Stress Survey.

07 Nov 2007

Launch coincides with National Stress Awareness Day on 7 November.

The University is launching its second stress survey to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day on 7 November 2007.

Many staff will by now have received an email this week with the link to complete the survey online. If you have not yet received it, the email will be entitled:

[MANCHESTER STAFF] Staff Stress Survey

The survey can be completed online at:

Staff do not have access to email will receive a paper copy through the internal post over the next week. Completed surveys should be returned in the internal post in the envelope provided. They will then be forwarded, unopened, to Stress Ltd.

Stress Ltd, an independent company, will again receive, collate and analyse the responses.  No-one in the University will have access to the completed questionnaires and the information fed back to the University will be in a form such that individual responses cannot be identified. The survey is designed to measure the risk of experiencing stress rather than the individual stress levels of staff.

The original survey was carried out in December 2005 and was followed up by focus groups with a variety of staff from across the institution. The findings were used to develop an action plan which was published earlier this year. One of the actions was to conduct a further survey and focus groups in order that the University could monitor progress and refine its current plan in an appropriate way.

This week's Staff Update provides more information on some of the initiatives taking place as a result of the action plan.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Gilbert said "We are currently going through an ambitious programme of change and I am aware of how stressful that can be. This survey is a very useful tool for gauging the wellbeing of our staff and listening to their concerns. I would urge all staff to take the time to complete it".

Andrew Mullen, Deputy Director of Human Resources, said "The management of stress is an important part of a range of initiatives under the banner of Wellbeing designed to enhance and maintain the quality of working life and well-being of staff. The original stress survey had an excellent response rate. We hope to match or even surpass the response rate on this occasion so that we can conduct a review of the action plan based on a representative sample of responses."