Employee survey | Helping transform our health and wellbeing

Patrick Craig, Head of Health and Wellbeing, outlines why taking part in the University’s employee engagement survey is crucial in helping develop our first ever Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Employee survey | Helping transform our health and wellbeing. March 2023

We’ve been really encouraged by the employee engagement survey response rate to date, with more than 2,000 colleagues already taking the opportunity to share how they feel about working at Leeds. 

Feedback from colleagues is crucial if we’re to understand what’s working well, but also how together we can make positive changes based on people’s lived experiences.

The relationship between the workplace and our health and wellbeing are inextricably linked. Work can have a positive or negative impact on our health and vice versa. 

Whilst all the survey questions have relevance to workplace health and wellbeing, what I’m particularly interested in are the responses we receive to some of the more specific wellbeing questions we’ve chosen to ask. Questions around statements such as “Employee wellbeing is a priority here” and “I am able to make necessary changes in how I work to improve my own wellbeing” will provide important feedback about our current workplace culture.

We’ve also asked questions that seek information about staff wellbeing more locally, including:

  • My immediate manager/supervisor sets a good example for employee wellbeing
  • My immediate manager/supervisor cares about my wellbeing; and 
  • I have what I need to effectively work in a safe way.

What’s exciting is the depth of information we’re able to gather through the survey. During the next few months, we’ll be able to package this together with existing University management information and align with other people-facing programmes to launch our first Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This will be transformational in its approach, needs led and outcomes focused – developed to have a positive impact on the workplace health and wellbeing of our entire staff community. 

Our commitment is ensuring every colleague has the opportunity to be heard by taking part in the survey, and through participating, having their own contribution to the development of the University’s approach to staff health and wellbeing. 

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