How did they do it?
The increase in staff participation may be attributed to increased staff engagement and discussion of diversity at AIMS, following the introduction of a “Diversity Moment” in the fortnightly all-staff meetings.
Presented by a wide range of staff members, Diversity Moments provide information, insight and personal experiences surrounding gender equity and diversity issues, both in the workplace and in society in general.
These moments are short reminders to staff and students of ongoing diversity issues, highlighting the importance of AIMS’ SAGE action plan efforts, and shedding light on situations faced by fellow staff and students when it comes to equity in the workplace.
To further increase staff survey responses, the AIMS Equity, Diversity and Gender Working Group (EDGE) engaged with staff about the survey through:
- regular email reminders;
- increased focus on the survey in Diversity Moments; and
- poster and pamphlet advertisements throughout the institute, with QR-code–enabled links for direct access to the staff survey online portal, compatible with mobile devices.