Covid-19 Staff Survey: Responses and Actions

Staff Update - 28 August 2020

Dear colleagues,

Further to our previous email regarding the report analysing the written comments of the Staff Survey, we are pleased to now be able to share with you further information on the actions taken or planned in response to the survey – details of which can be found here.

The results of the survey provided us with great insight into the issues affecting our community and where more work could be done to ensure everyone feels as supported as possible during what have been unprecedented times.

Among the actions which we’re sure staff will be pleased to see, is the resumption of the promotion exercise. Cases for promotion submitted in 19/20 will now be considered, with all decisions to award promotion being effective from 1 August 2021. Further details on the resumption of promotion for those affected will follow in due course.

Additionally, the regrading process for staff within Professional Services will open for applications at the same time.

We know staff have faced many challenges during the last six months, and we recognise that some staff will have been unable to use all their annual leave as a result of business needs. We are pleased to advise that it has been agreed with the Campus Trade Unions that in exceptional cases where taking leave hasn’t been possible due to business needs, staff will be able to carry forward 10 days leave rather than the previously agreed seven days.

These are just a couple of the areas that we know have been a concern for staff, and we would encourage you to read the further detail here to see what other actions have been put in place or are planned.

Thank you once again to all those who completed the survey, your feedback has been invaluable as we prepare to navigate through the coming weeks and months. If you have any comments or feedback about the actions being taken, please contact hr@abdn.ac.uk

Best wishes,

Karl and Debbie

 

Professor Karl Leydecker
Senior Vice-Principal

Debbie Dyker
Acting Director of Operations