October/November, 2011 Editor's Note
By Leanora Minai
Three times a year, we ask a random sample of Duke staff and faculty how they're enjoying this publication. In August, we sent our second survey of the year by email to 5,000.
Among the August findings, most readers – 75 percent of nearly 600 respondents – say they read Working@Duke each month; 85 percent of readers find it beneficial; 85 percent say it helps them understand Duke's benefits and 91 percent find the publication credible.
"It makes me feel like part of a larger community of Duke employees," one reader told us in the survey. From time to time, we also get this reader feedback: "I sometimes feel as if there is a lot of propaganda."
We're pleased with the overall results but will closely monitor readership because the way people get news and information continues to evolve. As many of you know, significant enhancements were made in Duke employee communications with the new version of the Duke Today website, which now features a "Working@Duke" section.
Be sure to visit today.duke.edu/working every day for news you can use in real-time and to join the conversation on Facebook.
Please continue to send story ideas and suggestions for how we can improve our print and online news channels. Drop me a note at Leanora.Minai@duke.edu or call (919) 681-4533.
This issue of "Working@Duke" includes important news about annual open enrollment, which begins Oct. 24.
Open enrollment is your chance to enroll in, drop or change medical, dental and vision plans and reimbursement accounts. Apart from slight premium increases to medical insurance plans in 2012, the plans are similar to this year.
You'll find the open enrollment story on Pages 8 and 9, along with information to help you decide whether a health care reimbursement account is right for you.
The health care reimbursement account is another way to save. In 2012, you can shelter up to $4,000 of your income from taxes by putting it in an account.