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Volume 11 Number 12, December 2008

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Reminder: Business Management at Yale Gains New Name and Format

In response to feedback about ways to improve Business Management at Yale, we are pleased to announce that beginning in January we will launch a new monthly electronic publication called Yale Business Leaders’ Update or Yale BLU. Available to all Yale staff members performing administrative and financial work, Yale BLU reinforces the idea that regardless of role, all of us are leaders in the ways we support the business of Yale.  Business Management at Yale (BMY) will cease publication with its December issue.

Yale BLU will provide credible updates about initiatives underway at Yale and timely information that will help all of us work more effectively and develop a shared understanding of new business directions.

Readers can stay up-to-date with various initiatives because the news content will be updated on an on-going basis rather than once a month. Although we will still maintain a regular publication schedule, contributors may forward breaking news and other content at any time. As always, your feedback about the publication and the ways we apply our guiding principles to improve the business processes at Yale is welcomed and crucial to the success of Yale BLU.

Take the 2008 Yale Workplace Survey until Midnight, Sunday, December 7

Due to recent feedback from organizational leaders throughout the University, the survey response period has been extended to midnight, Sunday, December 7.

If you haven’t already taken the shortened and streamlined 2008 Workplace Survey, which takes under 15 minutes to complete, please do so via paper (location listing) or online at www.2008workplacesurvey.com.

Please continue to encourage your staff to participate in the survey via paper or online. Be sure to remind your staff and colleagues that the survey is a confidential survey: neither your name nor your NET ID is required, and no one a Yale can access this information.  Only Towers Perrin, the external consulting firm, will have the ability to view the individual responses.

Also, please remember that any demographic group with fewer than 10 respondents will not be reported, but will roll up to the larger unit for overall University results.  For example, if you are the only female or male in your department, your department results will not include data broken out by gender: male vs. female.  However, your responses will be included in a breakdown between males and females on a University-wide basis.

Your increased efforts in communicating this initiative will allow the University to Continue the Conversation and Change the Culture, making Yale an even better place to work.  

If you would like more information about the survey, please visit the website at http://www.yale.edu/hronline/conversations/ where you’ll be able to take the 2008 Workplace Survey via paper or online.