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The hive launched: online channel for you to feed views upwards

(19 December 2017)

The University has launched a new online platform called the hive, which enables senior leaders to ask a question or pose a problem to staff to get their ideas on how to deal with the issue.

The hive, which was first piloted in 2015, provides an effective channel for staff to feed views upwards in the University, giving you the opportunity to share your ideas.

Initial campaign: PSS staff feeling valued

The hive’s initial campaign was launched to a small number of PSS Directorates, during November and December 2017. It encouraged staff to submit ideas in response to one of the PSS Staff Survey themes around staff feeling valued, and generated 15 ideas, 74 comments and nearly 450 votes.

The campaign has now been opened up to all areas of PSS throughout January 2018, and all PSS staff should now have received an email explaining how to get involved.

The question posed in the initial campaign is:

  • What can we do, as the University, to better demonstrate how much we value PSS staff?

It is hoped staff will put forward some practical and feasible ideas that could be implemented over the next 18 months.

How will it work?

  • All PSS staff should have received an email inviting you to participate in the campaign. If you haven’t received this, email to request access.
  • You will need to log in with your University username and password, after which you will receive an email to authenticate your details.
  • Once in, you will be able to submit ideas, as well as vote and comment on other people’s ideas until 31 January.
  • The most popular ideas (based on votes and comments) will be taken to the PSS Staff Survey Action Group for discussion in February 2018. The most popular/feasible ideas will then be submitted for consideration by Will Spinks, Registrar, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary (RCOOS) who will respond via his CoreMunicate.

Following the initial campaign, the University plans to use the hive on a regular basis to seek feedback from staff on key issues. At this stage, academic staff are not included as this is a specific action from the PSS Staff Survey action plan. However, we are hoping to use this platform in the future to seek staff views on both PSS and academic issues and themes.