The University works actively to improve the wellbeing of research staff, regularly receiving and responding to our feedback through the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Staff Survey, both of which were conducted this year. Once the results are in, actions are taken to address highlighted problems, making the surveys an essential means by which we can improve our working life.
What we said:
51% found local inductions beneficial, but were unaware of the details regarding probation, redeployment, promotion processes and criteria.
45% noted that they would like to engage in coaching, mentoring or action learning.
What was done:
The University have launched the Research Staff Handbook to complement the induction process for new research staff and provide a reminder of key information for existing staff.
Qualified coaches are now available in each Faculty training team, providing one-to-one coaching services for research staff focusing on career management issues.
Find more examples in Incite issue 16!