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Remote working survey 2022

Posted on 14 September 2022

Today we have launched a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the remote working policy. 

This evaluation will help us understand how this fundamental shift in ways of working has impacted the University community. When we launched the policy in September 2021, we made a commitment to review it with its end-users and the most effective way of doing that is through a staff survey.

The feedback and insights will be used to assess the policy’s success and understand its development needs.

Completing the survey

The Remote Working Evaluation survey opened on Wednesday 14 September and will close at 6pm on Wednesday 5 October

All University of York employees can complete it.

It should only take around 30 minutes to complete. 

We have again chosen Hive as our survey provider. To complete the survey, check your inbox for an email from Hive ( with the link or visit Hive's website.

If you are a line manager, please complete it in your capacity as a member of staff. A separate, shorter survey will be sent later asking for your views in your management capacity.

Focus groups will be arranged for staff who do not usually access email, to understand how the policy and its implementation has impacted their work. These groups will be offered the opportunity to participate separately.

As the Employee Engagement survey was conducted recently, this survey will focus on the key themes we know are most important to you:

  • the working environment
  • diversity and inclusion
  • health and wellbeing. 

There is also a section specifically for colleagues who joined us after March 2020. 

Survey responses are confidential

Responses to the survey are confidential. We are using Hive again as our survey provider due to the usability of their dashboard and their impressive commitment to confidentiality. 

There are a few free text comment options in the survey. Please don’t include any information that could be used to identify yourself or others. Departments will be able to see anonymised results, and this anonymity could be compromised if any identifiable information is included in the free text comments.

As with the Engagement survey, when we receive the results, Hive combines your feedback with other staff members into demographic groups, such as department, gender or grade. It is not possible for anyone in the University, including our survey team, to view feedback in groups of less than 10 responders. No one within the University will be able to see the source of any individual feedback given through the survey.