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Curtis Powell

A Word From Human Resources
Best Companies 2010 Survey

Rensselaer is reaching new levels of national and international prominence as a top-tier technological research university. Our reputation and global reach depend upon the excellence of all that we do. That excellence is fostered in no small measure by the invaluable contributions of the Institute’s more than 2,100 faculty and staff.

Like other employers, the Institute is faced with new challenges during these trying times. It is important for us to find ways to measure the level of satisfaction of our employees, and from that knowledge take action to improve continuously the Rensselaer work environment and culture.

To facilitate this process, last year the Division of Human Resources participated in the Society for Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) “Best Companies to Work For” annual survey. The organization is the world’s largest industry association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries. The survey questions represent eight key benchmark categories, including: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communication, overall satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development opportunities, pay and benefits, and employee engagement.

Following the SHRM survey and an internal survey that we conducted, the varied responses provided us with useful benchmarks to explore where we are now, and created an opportunity to address areas where the Institute can strengthen its focus in order to be ranked as one of the top employers in New York state. In the past year, for example, we implemented the Tobacco-Free Campus and Winter Closing initiatives, and we continue to provide one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective benefits programs in the country.

This year, we ask that you help us by participating in the survey process again. We recognize that the survey creates an opportunity for our faculty and staff to openly share needs, celebrate our victories, and discuss our problems.

In the next few weeks, some of you will receive a notification by e-mail from the Best Companies Group regarding the questionnaire phase, which begins Nov. 19. Employee questionnaires are sent to randomly selected e-mail boxes pulled from the Rensselaer roster. The questionnaire will be due Friday, Dec. 10.

Your completed questionnaires will be received directly by the research firm coordinating the tabulations. If you are among those randomly selected, we hope that you will take the time to respond to the questionnaire. We are honored that all of you are continuing your careers with the Institute, knowing that your talents and ideas add much to the vitality of Rensselaer. Responses from a diverse cadre of employees are important to the benchmarking process.
If you have questions, contact Jacquelyn Turner, deputy to the vice president for human resources, at ext. 3980.

Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources

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