By Leanora Minai
August/September 2017 Issue
Your Stories Make a Difference
Thank you, Duke staff and faculty, for sharing your stories with us. You invite us into your work and personal lives, and if it weren't for you, we wouldn't be able to effectively tell Duke's story or help other employees through your experiences.
Over the summer, Working@Duke and Duke Today each won gold medals in the annual Circle of Excellence awards hosted by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Of Working@Duke, the judges "thought the stories in this publication were innovative and interesting," according to CASE. "The stories clearly support the institution's mission and serve its primary audience."
With each story, we strive to build community and help connect you with news and information that helps you in your work and life – whether it's a primer on leading effective meetings or a story about a staff member who lost 140 pounds using free employee wellness programs.
In its 11th year, Working@Duke offers a one-stop shop for campus happenings, institutional priorities and employee benefits, services and programs.
For example, last year, we featured Theresa Johnson in a story about Duke's Personal Assistance Service, which provides employees up to eight counseling sessions per concern at no charge. Theresa used the service after her husband's cancer diagnosis. Her story was part of the Circle of Excellence award
entry for Working@Duke. After the story published in December 2016, Theresa let us know about the positive effect the article had on coworkers.
"Another employee stopped me in Best Buy last night about the article ... we touched a lot of people with this story," said Theresa, director of Operations Improvement in Duke's Patient Revenue Management Organization.
Twice a year, Working@Duke conducts a readership survey to assess how we can enhance the publication. Results in May 2017 were favorable with most employees who completed the survey saying they read and enjoy the publication and find it beneficial.
"The print edition is wonderful," said Gale Pettiford, staff assistant in Romance Studies. "It always brightens my day to read about what my Duke family has accomplished. It's quite a joy to open an issue and see an old friend being featured."
We invite your feedback and story ideas. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 919-681-4533. Thanks for reading and partnering with us.