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A fresh look at staff well-being and communication

11 Feb 2019

Taking care of the team in the President’s Office – action from Staff Survey 2017

The University of Manchester

Staff Survey 2019 – which gives you the chance to feedback about your experience of working here – launches on Monday, 4 March.

Our last Staff Survey, in 2017, resulted in actions being taken right across campus to improve your working life.

This includes a fresh look at well-being for staff in the President’s Office.

Our colleagues there said they were generally happy with team communication and efforts to maintain well-being. 

But they have added an additional section to their regular office meeting on upcoming notable developments to keep the team informed about key developments in good time. And to break a pattern of taking lunch at their desks, they are regularly reminded to choose other locations in and around the John Owens Building.

The team also receives regular reminders of health and well-being notices and have taken part in well-being courses, such as one on resilience.

Head of the President and Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr Jacqueline Henshaw said: “While the Office is a highly pressured one, with inevitable stresses and strains as we respond to the many and varied externally-driven activities, the consensus was that the Office provides a mutually supportive environment and generally we bounce back well.

“That said, to help mitigate any impact, we agreed to familiarise ourselves with the well-being services and facilities offered by the University.”

Staff Survey 2019

Staff Survey 2019 launches on Monday, 4 March and runs until Monday, 8 April.

You will receive an email or, if you don’t work at a computer, be given the chance to fill in the Staff Survey form. It only takes around 15 minutes to complete, and you can be sure that all the information you supply will be anonymous and treated in strictest confidence. This is because the Staff Survey 2019 is being administered on the University’s behalf by an external company, Capita.

The survey results will be published in June.