I’m working to get the details now but I understand some of the sidewalks and entances on the north and east sides of the Administration Building will close next week for a good while, while the contractor extends and connects some underground utilities. We’ll work to get some illustrations and get those posted to the construction web site before the work begins.
Archive for April, 2006
I think if I hear “You Count” one more time my head may explode. But all those reminders and cajoling seem to have paid off. My contacts in HR tell me we’ve had the highest participation ever, most of it online. We’ll end up well over sixty percent participation (the goal was 50 percent, and that was a nice jump from the last survey, where participation had flattened out somewhere in the mid 40s, with only about 20 percent overall done online. I’ll try to post the entity participation rates today. They’re all good). My guess is the high results are a combination of the barage of reminders and (mostly) the cruise drawing incentive. The idea of the drawing came from something done in the private sector, where one large national corporation gives away a car each year to support their employee survey. Given the participation rate and our administration’s desire to really know what most of us are thinking, it looks like it was a good investment. Getting more people comfortable with doing this online also saves a lot of cash in printing, postage and handling. As for me, don’t tell anyone but I’m among the hard-headed minority who plan to do theirs today…
It’s time for Beach Party Weekend, and up the highway, cars and bikes are getting polished. The anthem for the weekend is a deep rumble of car stereos, revving motorbikes, youth. There might be food and music, but I think as much as anything it’s a chance to see and be seen, a rolling car show. And sometimes those cars aren’t rolling all that fast. I live on the west end and the traffic generally doesn’t get bad out there, no worse than a big holiday weekend. But if you’re working this weekend and need to get to UTMB (or drive around town), traffic can be a challenge, especially along the beach, along Broadway and on the east end of town. We’ve posted the city traffic plan and other information. Take a look, and plan to give yourself some extra time, especially if the weather is nice.
If you don’t know anything about Navigant, I can point you at some places to get some background. The first is the Town Meeting from March 7, 2006. I think it sets the framework of what and why. Navigant arrived on campus April 10 (camping out in the Admin Building); a Harborside Chat followed with some updates. Navigant’s somewhat famous for working with many major players in the world of academic medicine. Some of their clients were in pretty dire straits. Others, like us, are/were looking to raise the bar on their performance. I think it’s a fair bet that they make people nervous wherever they show up. Being under anyone’s microscope, even if we’re the one pointing it at ourselves, is not a comfortable feeling. I’ll keep passing along info as I get it.
Navigant wasn’t part of the discussion when I started thinking about doing a blog more than a year ago. I don’t think I knew such a creature existed, but today, as this collection of ramblings takes shape, it seems the first category that comes to mind. SO, here it is: The Navigant Category. We’re open for business.
Worked out a few things with this blog this past week, and have received a preliminary green light on this project. I settled on a template, and will probably need to continue tweaking and organizing, setting up some categories and letting people know this exists.
I’ll follow up later with some more information about how this blog came to be and what I hope to do with it. For now, you can get a quick overview here.
The big push for me on this right now is the pending visit of Navigant. If you’ve not heard anything about it, it was the topic of a recent Town Meeting and the likely subject of the next Harborside Chat (a new video message project we started piloting this year).
The You Count survey is also here, and I have some stats and information people might be interested in. We’re doing well, and it looks like the cruise has been a good incentive. Our goal is a 50% response rate, and we’ll likely beat that if we continue at our current clip. We were already hovering around 30% at the end of the first week. I’m one of those procrastinators who would typically leave this until the last minute. Let’s see if I can change my ways.