Remember that feeling your first days on campus as a new Butler employee? Did it feel at all like the first day of high school all over again? Not really sure where to go for lunch; who is whom and how you’re supposed to interact with them; uneasy in your own environment…
Staff Assembly is hoping to change all of that with our new staff mentoring program. Think of this as an opportunity to reach out to the new kids and show them around a little. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our outreach efforts and sharing your best Butler stories with new staff, please email Judy Gonzalez and let her know!
We will be bringing all of our new mentors together soon to chat about how we might best serve the needs and interests of new staff, and we’d love to have you there!
Please join us for an open forum on healthcare costs and benefits at Butler. Two sessions will be available:
- Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30-3 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room 141
- Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. in Robertson Hall, Johnson Room
The purpose of this forum is to prepare faculty and staff for the 2014 benefits open enrollment period in late October, and to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead as we strive to continue providing high quality health benefits to the Butler community.
As a self-insured organization since 2007, the University pays the actual costs associated with each insurance claim. This approach reduces Butler’s exposure to the rapidly growing cost of private insurance and allows us to benefit from successful cost containment efforts. It also means, however, that the University assumes responsibility for expenses that are higher than anticipated. With healthcare costs at Butler up 28 percent in just the last two years and continuing to trend higher, it is likely that changes to plan design and/or premiums will be required in years to come. We hope that by being transparent about our healthcare costs, we can work together to find the best path forward.
In the upcoming forum, we’ll share more details on our healthcare cost trends and discuss programs/benefits in which Butler has invested to promote wellness and empower better healthcare decisions, including:
- Healthy Horizons, which provides free health education, risk assessment, and wellness support.
- Castlight Health, which lets you compare local medical providers and see personalized cost estimates before you go to the doctor.
- Annual physicals and recommended screenings, which are provided with no out-of-pocket costs across all Butler health plans, when using in-network providers.
By utilizing these programs and taking a more proactive role in your health, you can have a significant impact on your health and healthcare costs, regardless of the plan in which you are enrolled. Being more proactive in your healthcare also benefits the entire Butler community by reducing the overall cost of claims and allowing the University to keep benefits strong and premium costs low.
We hope to see many of you at one of these forums.
The Activities & Social Committee would like to invite YOU to the first of our “501’s” on Thursday, September 12.
What is a 501? That is where you meet after work at 5:01 to have a drink, snack or just conversation! We will meet on the patio at Moe & Johnny’s for the first 501 and a schedule of future places and dates will be forthcoming for the rest of the year.
We hope you will join us to take some time to get to know others on campus in a relaxed setting. And feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three)…
Questions or comments? Drop a note to Pam Nixon.