A positive Employee Experience is one of the most important elements of People First. Happy, motivated staff who enjoy coming to work and feel valued by the University are what we should always aim for. To achieve this, we need to engage with our people and become a true listening organisation. In June 2018 we established a Staff Forum which represents all of our employees and provides the opportunity for our people to share their views and ideas on the various ‘touchpoints’ that matter to our staff and make a difference to their experience working at Queen’s.
By listening to what our people have to say, we will co-create solutions to help shape and design a more positive Employee Experience which meets both the needs of the employees and the University. One of the first big agenda points arising from the forum is to review our staff appraisal system. Following the meeting with the Vice Chancellor in October 2018, Staff Forum members consulted with colleagues from across all areas of the University to gather their feedback on the appraisal system. This was shared with the Vice Chancellor and together with suggestions from senior leaders, we are now working on a review of the appraisal system. A steering group has been established, chaired by Professor Richard English, and a new approach will be announced by the end of 2019.