Why does involving your staff matter?
“Sharing your work can bring enjoyment to those you engage with and in return, new ideas and a personal sense of satisfaction.” Dr Mark Jabbal, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Manchester
Elsewhere in ‘Planning for change’ we’ve identified a host of ways in which staff can be supported in and recognised for their public engagement activity. This section provides a ‘lens’ for you to review how effectively all of that activity adds up from the point of view of the people who could potentially be involved. It is important to consider the following areas:
|Awareness and participation
How many of your staff can articulate the value of public engagement, and understand how it can be integrated into their core work?
Do all staff have the opportunity to get involved in public engagement, and do they perceive the organisation to be supportive of their efforts?
|Involvement of support staff
Administrative and support staff have a tremendous contribution to make. Do they understand and support public engagement and actively contribute to making it a visible and important part of the institution’s work?
We have other resources to help you work through this area which you can download below.