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This Week/Staff Notes Survey

April 1996

Answers to Open-Ended Questions


This Week at UCAR


What do you most like or dislike about This Week?


Like:

Calendars for seminars of every division (3)

That I can read it promptly and can delete quickly (4).

It's nice to cruise through and see what I want/don't want to see.

Very little

Timely (3)

I like the brevity of the postings.

You can subscribe or unsubscribe to different sections.

Easy to zap (2)

Announcement index for quick reference (4)

Saves paper (42)

Fast/timely (2)

Able to look at things more selectively (2)

It's a means of providing info which I'd otherwise either miss (e.g., visitors) or have to spend time finding (e.g., menu, jobs)

Easy access (8)

Convenience (3); knowing what's happening in other divisions

Access to old versions without office clutter

I can read a section at a time and not lose my place. I can delete what I don't what to read and not feel guilty.

Quick lists on miscellaneous issues, e.g., payroll updates

Users who are interested can subscribe

Nothing, except that trees aren't being killed and that it's easily deleted

I prefer reading on line instead of glancing at hard copy and tossing. I like having the ability to print only what I need.

Availability/accessibility (2)

Short; full of information

E-mail version very timely for us folks here in Hawaii--we used to get print version in our weekly mailings from HAO.

Announcements of seminars (2)

Easier to save information I'm interested in (4)

Having This Week on line for quick review. Don't have to receive calendar, visitor info. Can print out menu for the week.

New books in the library

EAC information, Delphi

Interesting articles about people and activities. EAC activities

I like the information, but the presentation is so uninteresting. I get a lot on e-mail so I'm always screen-scrolling. Need a break from my computer!

Have never checked out Web version--takes too much time waiting for it to come up, ties up PC too long. Probably better than e-mail, but e-mail easier to deal with.

Separate categories (3). I can read/delete what I want. (3)

Quick reference and can pick and choose what to print if necessary

Quick way to learn needed info.

Good info source; up to date

Can be electronically stored when received via e-mail

It's important to publish this information. If you don't, you'll hear about it.

Don't really like it

Menu (2)

Available first thing Thursday AM

Can read while on travel (2)

Electronic distribution (6). I can throw it away without wasting paper.

I'm a casual so it is handy to read when I come in

Occasional Delphi questions (I haven't seen one for a longtime), feature announcements

New Books, Calendar

General information about what is going on at NCAR (5)

You always know when to expect it . . . it's always constant (2)

Need to know about classes, EAC activities, etc., and This Week is the vehicle.

Being able to subscribe only to anncts

Good way to disseminate organizational info.

Announcements (3)

I like getting the various pieces. If I'm pressed for time or traveling a lot I can skip the menu, etc., and just read announcements.

I appreciate the announcements being brief, to the point.

It's OK (2)

Informative (2)

The news (2)

I can skim to find the info I need. (2)

I prefer having the on-line copy to hard copy.

Convenient to read on line. Can access former issues on line.

Getting it automatically via e-mail. Would forget to look at it if it were only on the Web.

Format OK--could use improvement

It comes right to my e-mail box. Unless I get e-mail notification to look on the Web, I don't remember to look every Thursday.

The electronic version saves time and money!

Articles are short and relevant to most employees (in my opinion)

The organization of This Week is fine.

It's helpful to know what's going on outside my own division.

Central source to refer to for announcements. I save announcements in a folder to refer to later if necessary.

Keeps me up to date and eliminates some "local-user" e-mail

Ability to get info out to most everyone in one easy-to-read format

I like the way the "news" is broken up into various categories.

Reminders of upcoming events


Dislike:

Long explanation of subscription options at end of every message (16)

Trailer has sometimes been longer than content. (2)

Condense all that stuff at the end about how to subscribe and unsubscribe (and don't include it in every message). (2)

Totally unnecessary to send local Foothills or Mesa announcements to RAF/Jeffco via e-mail.

Format is a bit boring/unappealing (2)

Fills the mail box if I'm not scheduled to work

I find the electronic version of This Week difficult to read quickly or to skim through for the topics of interest to me.

On e-mail, I don't like the end where you put how to subscribe or unsubscribe. Maybe you can only put that in once a month.

I know it's environmentally appropriate and more cost-effective to do without hard copy, but it feels like work I need to deal with instead of somethign pleasurable to read when it comes to me interspersed with work things via e-mail.

Clearly less effort goes into getting material for the electronicversion.

On-line, old articles can't be reviewed a month or a year later.

Too hard to discontinue certain parts

All of the ridiculous seminars announced--"Better Communication." "Violence in the Workplace,"--give me a break! (I know you only announce them and don't sponsor these)

Messy printed version--with small screen, e-mail is not enjoyable to read long articles

Not as interesting with features reserved for once a month

Less news about staff and policy--mostly a collection of announcements

I miss the features weekly.

I liked getting the old hard copy. It had articles of substance in it.

Less personal (2)

I enjoyed the pictures and weekly articles about the staff

List of new books--makes scrolling tedious

Format, writing

Plaint text format--no pictures or nice layout--but that's what I get for reading it via e-mail

Sometimes I delete too quickly

Menu (3)

Limited access

Library [new books listing] should be optional (2)

I look at a CRT all day long and I would relish reading Staff Notes in hard copy just to give my eyes a break!

I do not care to spend any more time than I have to looking at a computer screen.

Lack of photos (9)

Not as satisfying as reading the paper copy.

I would prefer the newsletter as before (printed) because I end up printing it out anyway. Much easier to read [in print].

Reading on a screen (8)

Margins! Keep the line length uniform and short enough. (2) I always have to expand the Netscape window to accommodate some paragraphs.

Looking-searching for info.

Format is hard to read (3)

It contains virtually no information.

Too many items coming to my mailbox (2)

Not portable, no archival record, not as attractive/readable

It was faster with hard copy.

I really miss the nice-looking Staff Notes--I always read them pretty much cover to cover. Now I hardly read them--except for the printed version--and I overlook important things because nothing stands out any more.

I prefer hard copy (5)

I really dislike the electronic media--both the Web and e-mail versions. The print version is hardly worth it either. Quality has dropped.

I liked the more professional look of the "old" Staff Notes. I read off a monitor all day. I liked reading it [the old version].

Too long to scroll through

I receive too much e-mail

I don't care for the text formatting and general appearance--particularly in the Web version. Please format it in HTML so it is more pleasing to the eye.

Some sloppy formatting (but nothing too serious!)

Nothing to dislike (5)

Not very eye-friendly; clutters up e-mail

Jobs, Announcements

ELM mail server doesn't allow you to scroll back.

Format is often harder to read in terms of one story blending in with another spatially

It was more "relaxing" to have a hard copy--like reading a magazine. (2) I tend to skim and rush through e-mail and sometimes miss things. [The old] Staff Notes was more eye-appealing.

Simple format--less attractive (2)

Seminars announcements where the title and speaker are not yet decided--this is only a notice of room reservation!

Can't read it away from my desk.

Never read detached file.

It has become sort of a UCAR/NCAR calendar. I liked the feature articles in the weekly printed version (with pictures).

Could be more in-depth/interesting

Junk mail/announcements

Straight text is hard to read. Using frames & formatted text on the Web would help readibility.

Sometimes I have problems printing only certain portions.

Too many copies of the paper format are still sent to the divisions.

The lack of news

Format of Calendar; also, it should include all events, not just scientific meetings

Waste of paper

Can't keep easily on file

Less information

I miss tearing out a page or article for later use. Now I have to muck around to make a printout.

Having too many restrictions about how material is sent to community

The long length & the format that if I print it out, it takes so many pages because it only prints halfway across the page. However, this is a *very* minor complaints. Overall, I think it's very well done!

Having to individually print the menu.

Calendar of events -- all the markings that begin each day -- bothersome and not necessary


Do you have any suggestions for improving This Week?

Looks good

Would like to see that all general interest items appear in announcements. I don't get calendar because nonscientific/nontechnical events are usually in announcements, but once or twice I've missed something.

Give me time to read it.

The instructions at the end on how to stop/start receipt is too long. The format is difficult to read.

Pictures, formatting

It meets my needs

Like the menus--keep them available all week to check.

I get enough junk e-mail; I don't want any more. When it was printed, I'd happily browse at my leisure.

Better/more succinct subscription explanation (4)

This Week is pathetic. There is often so little information in it that I rarely do more than skim it. My perception is that management has forced This Week to be so bland that it really doesn't address the issues going on around here. For example, what has happened to the Delphi Question?

I would prefer to have one old-fashioned copy sent to each entity in NCAR (to save paper) so the schedule for the week could be posted for easy, quick reference. I am afraid that the move to electronic publication has made improving This Week hopeless.

Make This Week available as a Web page. Send a notification via e-mail ("twreminder"?) to remind the recipients that a new This Week has become available. I'd really like to get only one short message to my mailbox each week. Perhaps TW already is a Web page, but that's not apparent from looking around on http://www.ucar.edu.

I liked the old Staff Notes better. (2)

The announcements section needs to be beefed up.

Put a summary at the top of Calendar like you have for announcements and jobs.

Go back to the nice-looking hard copy! (May be impractical now--but you asked!)

Add more local interest stories, softball teams, ski team results. It's too businesslike.

Reduce calendar to two weeks ahead. (Things change too much in three weeks.)

Include ongoing or special employee activities/opportunities more regularly (EAC)

Go back to weekly Staff Notes format, put it on Web, and distribute some hard copies

More graphics with the text

Web version probably better formatted (I haven't looked at it) but less convenient because of time it takes to open browse, locate, and download the info. Also, e-mail is "self-reminding". I probably wouldn't remember to look at Web each week.

Scrap the electronic goodies. It seems like more attention is paid to Web/e-mail gee-whiz than the quality of the contents.

Remove unsubscribe instructions--hardle via e-mail like the Rocky Mt. Internet Users Group site

Instead of including "how to subscribe" section at the end of each part, a one-line reference on how to get that info off a separate, perennial e-mail blurb should suffice. (2)

Make it hard copy again for local NCAR/UCAR staff

What happened to the Delphi section? Were the m anagement responses so low in quality that the thing became worthless, or was it discontinued for some other reason?

Delete the recurring boilerplate

Format in HTML; more aesthetic text formatting in e-mail version.

Bring back the week spotlight on individuals. Not just scientists, *all staff*.

Add a section announcing surplus equipment and materials available or wanted. We could make better use of resources if valuable stuff didn't end up in dumpster or gathering dust. You might even consider a personal for-sale section. Maybe these should go into an e-mail-only program.

Hate the name. Why not call it "Staff Notes"? (2)

Perhaps more articles on "issues" at NCAR/UCAR rather than just straight facts--more discussion-oriented items!

It's great just the way it is.

More human interest; jobs (open and close date of each job) should be contained in [the jobs header].

Trim the unnecessary seminar announcements

I didn't know it was available via the Web.

The boxes above the Calendar items are useless! Just say "Monday . . . ," "Tuesday . . . ,' etc.

Put human-interest story/science story back & put on Web (weekly).

Do more about staff; possible interviews, question of the week, roving-reporter type.

Miss the pictures.

Biggest suggestion is to HTML-code it and then announce availability through e-mail. See SCDzine for some great use of frames, TOC, etc. This means developing for Netscape, not Mosaic. Netscape is free to UCAR, though.

I think we could get rid of it and just send all-staff announcements. You can keep the other info on the Web for those who are interested.

Have some news

Nonprint; only e-mail or Web

Put in more announcements--what's happening at UCAR/NCAR. More articles but short ones!

BRING BACK PAPER DELIVERY. We recycle -- it's not like we're printing a million newspapers every day.

Later deadlines

Make it more HTML, [better] presentation


Staff Notes Monthly


What do you most like or dislike about Staff Notes Monthly?


Like:

I enjoy the profiles on the projects that various divisions are participating in.

Like it

Photos (11)

Personal articles

More "human" than e-mail

Keeps me updated on what other groups are doing

I like it . . . no particular reason

Good writing, interesting articles, nice format

Corporate news, science updates, program/div. highlights, New Hires/Departures

Sense of what else is happening in NCAR

Interesting format

Good feature articles (2)

Attractive and newsy

Global scope of the articles

The articles are well done although I generally set the issues aside because I need time to read them. Sometimes I never get back to them.

I don't have to get the info by reading from my workstation.

(Sometimes it sits for several weeks before I get around to reading it)

Nice-looking hard copy with pictures, different fonts, boxes, etc., that makes things snap out. Much more interesting to read.

More concise and easier to read now

Hard copy (5)

Paper format; my wife can read about NCAR

Features

Well-written, not very long, get to know the staff

I find I print long articles from the Web so prefer print version for long monthly articles.

Pictures and info on new hires and departures; human-interest stuff

It's monthly

Printed, not electronic--I have enough to do on computers as it is; I like to get away from my computer occasionally and read printed material.

The science articles are OK, but generally a bit long and too vanilla.

Science features (8)

Keep offering it on paper. I would probably not read it at all if it were only offered on the Web.

Feature stories on coworkers, their work and life (it's nice to help get to know who we're working with)

Keeps me updated on what other groups are doing

Good all-round info about the organization

Easy to read. More comprehensive articles.

It is available to read.

The features of what various parts of NCAR are doing

Interesting--I like to know what other projects are going on at NCAR/UCAR

Writing, appearance

News/communication

New Hires/Departures (3)

Features on other employees (human interest) (3)

Gives overview of current projects going on within NCAR/UCAR; has pictures of people involved, can put name to face

In-depth articles; less frequent, so less to read

Back page photograph [Just One Look]

NCAR/UCAR project descriptions

Satisfied

Easy to scan and pick when I'm interested in

Personal articles

If you're trying to cut back, the weekly info would suffice.

It's OK

Good features & science briefings

Management-related, institutional news

That it is on-line (2)

It only comes once a month!

I don't get it in my mailbox any more.

Very informative -- printed monthly

Nice layout

Updates on projects

Info about areas with which I am not familiar.

News about research at UCAR/NCAR

Might use Web more in the future but I read this at times I would not be able to use Web like commuting, waiting.

Informs me about UCAR's work in language I can mostly understand.

Like the format & professionalism.

Nice format -- readable

The monthly version is much more informative. Quality.


Dislike:

Wastes paper (2). I prefer electronic versions

Not as timely as the old weekly (3)

Pictures are often poor quality (5)

Much news isn't timely given monthly distribution.

There sure is a lot of exposure for aircraft.

Print version can't be in color (so Web is promising)

Very poor quality. Not interesting. Ho-hum.

Yes, a paperless office is nice for the environment, but Staff Notes isn't killing *that* many trees.

Not pretty

Too little content

Limited information

It seems like a waste of paper since most all of us have Web access.

Appears to be more "high-level" as opposd to more of a "grass roots" pub.

Need more looks at national atmospheric scene, including Washington budgets.

Needs more science

Too infrequent

Human interest stuff

Needs more human interest articles

Miss the more local news items

Length of articles (too long) (3)

Administrative features

Nothing (2)

I didn't know it was on the Web. I only read it when I see a copy lying around. But I'll try to access it more often now that I know.

Is there a way to discontinue receiving it and save some trees?

Seems to leave out a lot of what is going on.

I forget to pick it up. They leave a pile in the mailroom.

P-R, human-interest propaganda

Focus changed. It isn't put in all boxes, so you have to remember to pick up a copy, and I don't.

Do not need a print version. I get one now, but would read the Web version otherwise.

Where was the ARPA feature? Did I miss it? COOP-3D

Tends to get buried in my "in" basket.

Too technical; not much about employees or activities

Too short


Do you have any suggestions for improving Staff Notes Monthly?

I like it just the way it is

Smaller issues prepared more often

It's very good!!

More science, less P.R.

You guys do a pretty good job already.

Where has the Delphi forum gone? (3)

Could we have less "Oh gosh--isn't this interesting--we all get to go to some exotic locale" and more on local, real-life NCAR issues--more big-picture/policy issues/where-are-we-going-type articles?

Reduce "news" items and do more features

Perhaps a bit longer; one or more stories on interesting projects, committee work, etc., e.g., security committee & developments at campuses such as Jeffco

Keep it in paper form

Better prints of photos

Better printing quality

I like it as is

Do spotlights on various employees, e.g., Rich Johnson and xeriscape project

No suggestions (2); there are just a lot of information sources competing for my attention.

Make sure the Staff Notes URL appears in the announcements section of every issue of This Week that arrives by e-mail.

Less UCAR news; a return to the old, traditional NCAR Staff Notes.

Announce new issues in This Week when available on the Web; remind people that it is on the Web; have Web version with smaller (bytes) version of images to allow modem access; (Web version) expand table of contents to include brief overviews of each item for those of us who scan for items of interest.

Might consider greatly reducing the number of hard copies in favor of the Web--or eliminating hard copies altogether. Depends somewhat on the cost.

Focus on all staff, not just scientists.

Would like it to provide more information at the institution: initiatives, interesting developments in ongoing programs, as well as human-interest stories on staff.

Just found out about Web site--will switch to it.

Make one weekly version: an e-mail and Web that combines "This Week" and "SNM".

Only send print to who wants it. Send e-mail notice once a month when the Web page is updated.

If I didn't get the print version, I would access via the Web. Would save paper, etc.

Would like something on the staff, i.e., the story on Shelley Richards-Craig's animals or something interesting like that.

Make it a genuine house newsletter about what is going on in the institution and less of a propaganda device.

Drop it. Move New Hires/Departures to weekly.

More human-interest stories. Interview visitors and get their perspective of UCAR.

Get rid of the print version. Put the info on the Web. Use the print savings to make sure everyone has access to the Web. Send announcements in all-staff e-mail.

Tell more. There are lots more things going on than are mentioned. Just a mention would be good.

Only distribute a few printed versions to each division for those without Web access. Save more trees!

More pictures

More personal


New Options


How would you feel about receiving a weekly e-mail summary of feature articles about UCAR/NCAR/UOP science and staff (2-3 sentences per article), with the full articles appearing only on the Web?

Some groups/individuals do not have easy Web access. There is still value to hard copy, and I would not like "Monthly" to go this route.

If the idea is to replace the print version, the answer is no. As a complement, maybe.

It may just add to overloaded e-mail boxes.

I don't want articles appearing only on the Web.

Not everybody has browsers on computer

Reading anything at length on the Web is difficult. It is much easier to read and comprehend "printed" rather than "displayed" articles.

I like reading features on paper.

I think people should have the option to do it either way, because some don't have Web access. Also, this would now be a two-step process and people are naturally looking for shortcuts.

Confusing. Are you replacing *monthly* articles with 2-3 sentence summaries on e-mail? If so, I am NOT in favor of it. I like the detail in the monthly articles.

I would probably find it less convenient

Don't like, as not all of NCAR has access to Web yet.

I read the print version. I do not want to read longer articles w/graphics just on the Web.

You are making information *harder* to access!

I get too much e-mail already and prefer to reserve it for urgent information.

What about the Web format? "Frames" take an *age* to load and are annoying. Regular HTML would be my suggestion.

If this doesn't cost more in staff time or if it actually *saves* staff time then I'm all for it

As I read the various newsletters, this wouldn't offer anything additional

I think this would continue the trend toward less information actually being conveyed by your department

I'm too busy to do much Web browsing (2). I prefer the current format.

I'd prefer to just access Staff Notes on the Web and skip the e-mail.

You've got a good thing going. Don't screw it up.

I find the Web to be a slow place to get internal info

Just more e-mail junk clogging the networks!!

Be sure to make such e-mails OPTIONAL!

Since I am a casual employee, this would collect in my e-mail box.

It takes so much memory [to use Web], I probably wouldn't bother. I've crashed my computer too many times trying and have lost work in other more important applications.

I'd rather read full articles in an e-mail or hard copy

Ah, yes, the Web. It's fluffy.

It would allow you to screen articles.

Make the information available on demand, but don't force everyone to wade through e-mail

Put on Web only; maybe include one line in This Week giving new-article headlines

I don't want to receive "blanket e-mail". I glance at articles that are posted in the cafeteria or library and read what's interesting.

Weekly would be too often--monthly, perhaps.

Prefer to have full articles e-mailed, then if you are interested you can keep reading instead of having to go somewhere else.

In general I read all e-mail I receive, and there is a lot, due to the nature of my job. I rarealy have time to get on the Web for "recreational" purposes; usually it's only if I'm trying to find something technical.

Having information delivered to me is important since on my own I can rarely make time to go out and get it. Therefore, I always prefer e-mail to the Web for timely info.

We read abstracts to see what journal articles we're interested in--why not this approach?

Like any new thing, it would eventually become routine and it would work. But I would prefer to have it all in one place and scan the entire article immediately.

It's easy to just pick up a hard copy; you have tohink about accessing the Web to read articles, but this is probably just due to old habits!

As long as subscription is strictly optional, it's good.

I currently receive more e-mail than I can reasonably process.

It would be a reminder to check it out.

Great! Saves trees and reminds me to check out new pages on Web. Without e-mail I would tend to forget.

I probably wouldn't read too many Web articles, but it would be nice to know what's there without having to go looking!

Just be sure to include the URL in each posting. (2)

Great! (4) I would use it.

I think this is a fantastic idea.

Could be tied with other Staff Notes. Would remind me and let me know what's interesting.

Good idea. If I wanted to check it out further I could on the Web; if not, the summary would suffice.

I would rather not get the e-mail, but would rather have that than the paper copies.

Anything that improves communications while not using natural resources is a good idea. Disk space recycles muchmore efficiently than paper!

While I find the Web useful, I also think it's a large sink of time. I would not like to see it replace the weekly e-mails.

It might be a bit much.

It would add another step in reading the material. I would probably not ever get to the Web.

It is easier to read e-mail rather than starting up your browser and going to the particular site, but those who are truly interested in reading the article should take the time.

I often read my e-mail at home, but cannot access the Web there.

I rarely have time to access the Web. I check e-mail routinely so see the info there.

I'm getting tired keeping up with all the changes. I've started ignoring all this stuff because it's getting to be a bother.

I don't think it would get read -- internally -- as quickly.

Sounds pretty good, because the people who are really interested will take the time to look further into it.

Much better than sending full articles by e-mail


Is there anything we aren't covering in This Week or Staff Notes that you think we ought to be?

U.S. budget issues, especially during threats of shutdowns.

More emphasis on the departures (e.g., where to). This is not a necrology!

"Division news" section, e.g., 2-3 one-sentence entries on what is happening in X-Y-Z division.

Changes in policy and practice

More NSF coverage as pertains to UCAR/NCAR

Layoffs--policies, notification, stuff to dispel rumors

More frequent Delphi questions (2)

More info about staff activities outside UCAR

RAF/Jeffco

More EAC activities and events

I can't think of anything.

More in-depth scientific articles.

I think there should be something like a "Heard in the Hallway" column which briefly highlights organizational issues of concern to a large number of the staff.

I don't think the content's the problem for This Week as much as the format. E-mail lends itself to choppy, announcement-style "non-journalism". No fun to look at and not interesting to read. I like Staff Notes, but there's so much info all at once that I don't always get through it.

More info on NSF and other programs they have besides NCAR.

Keep up the great work!!

Could we do more profiles on individuals who work at NCAR/UCAR/UOP? Such as when the article on Shelley Richards-Craig's wildlife refuge as run? Other staff have interesting stories, too--we usually only see these sorts of stories upon retirements or deaths.

I enjoy reading about accomplishments and activities of other divisions. We seem to be more isolated all the time (geographically and communications-wise).

Local happenings, i.e., extra activities, personal profiles, Delphi questions

Individuals and NCAR-wide events. I missed the usual coverage of the up-the-hill races last fall.

More info from management would be good, i.e., the budget has affected a lot of departments over this fiscal year. I know where my department stands with funding, but it would be nice to hear about how others are doing.

More articles or short "bits" about recycling

Nothing off the top of my head.

Information about in-house construction projects. It would be nice to know what the thumping and banging is all about. How about a "Maintence Department Update" section? So we know in advance.

All kinds of stuff goes on that many people are not aware of, but should be. Even supervisors and administrators directly attached are not aware of some activities.

More articles about how divisions work together; tasks interfacing; service functions, etc.

What's new for each group in UCAR/NCAR--highlights

Only a few divisions submit seminar notices (i.e., I never see SCD's). Could you get a more comprehensive list?

How about some tips on networking at NCAR/UCAR, like those for SCDzine? A lot of folks are new to the Web, for instance.

Other departments' activities in support services, graphics, etc.

Field programs with NCAR participation

Opportunities to get involved in various groups at UCAR/NCAR/UOP.

Birthdays of staff members

Just as a consideration, perhaps more software and systems development around the institution in addition to the science, staff, and administrative issues already covered.

Descriptions of administrative issues affecting NCAR, like intellectual property, functions of UCAR operations, layoff justifications

A good job is being done already! The only thing I can thinkof is to do some articles on our benefit package. More speficially, l am thinking about medical and dental insurance plans as well as our flex-spending accounts. How about some staff surveys on satisfaction/experiences with the different options. Plus tips on getting the most from our insurance benefits -- horror stories?

The ARPA COOP-3D project

What's Up/What's New -- short articles about new projects, appointments, facilities changes, upcoming events

Things to boost morale (that'll be a trick); regular updates on our budget

This Week: scheduled maintenance activities


Any other ideas or suggestions for in-house communication?

For me, hard copy was more effective in keeping me up to speed on the NCAR/UCAR scene.

UCAR/NCAR chat page on the Web.

What happened to the HR Messenger?

Use print or nonbright (recyclable) paper

I would like to see a limited number of printed copies of This Week placed in central distribution areas (probably each mail room). Then I could glance through and read (or photocopy) whatever is interesting or important.

You are doing your work to communicate information; I probably need to increase my effort to read more of it.

Develop better announcement e-mail list classifications. Jeffco personnel do not need to know if the air conditioners are broken at Foothills or the Mesa parking lots are being resurfaced.

Require permission to send to "all local users."

I think I like the old system better--weekly hard-copy Staff Notes.

What was wrong with the old Staff Notes? It was about the right frequency (weekly) and the right level of detail, a good mix of sci/tech/human interest articles. This Web stuff is a waste. It's not worth my time to get on a workstation, run Netscape, wait a few minutes for the page to come up, and find little of interest.

Get rid of UCAR Quarterly--BORING

Too many superfluous local-user e-mails. 90% of them should be in [This Week] announcements.

The Web is easily ignored (forgotten) but hard copy in our mail boxes never misses.

Rather than articles on individual scientists or programs, how about have "division" summaries? For example, let us know what HAO does?

I think people should get over this whining about all-local-users messages and learn to use the delete function. In order to do this, however, subject heading must clearly indicate the contents.

I think This Week and Staff Notes provide a good means of in-house communciation.

Being a person from the old days, I found the paper form of Staff Notes much easier to read.

You guys do a great job! (2)

Why can't This Week and Staff Notes be combined? How about some budget info? Cafeteria benefits info?

I would like a "one page" notice/summary when a new This Week and Staff Notes is ready. Attach WWW connections at the base of each notice.

This survey should have been in electronic form so as not to waste paper.

Some of the Staff Notes articles seem "older" than the should be, and this decreases their value. Generally, I think a *very* good job is being done on both publications. Thanks for your efforts!

Keep the monthly in hard copy!

Web calendar with all events/seminars/etc. on it so I can bring it up and see what is going on today all in one spot.

A "Dear Abby" feature of questions and answers; employees submit question and appropriate person answers

I like the idea of weekly announcements in one form of communication and articles in another form. Searching out the information on the Web should be the employee's respibility for the longer articles. However, the shorter announcements should be weekly!

E-mail is the best for in-house communication

I like cutting paper consumption by putting more on the Web. Do send e-mail list of contents (as above) to remind.

If focus shifts to the Web, which is OK with me, e-mail notification is still imperative! Otherwise people won't think, "Oh, today is Thursday; I need to read Staff Notes."

It is a difficult task to disperse information. Good luck! (I think you are doing a good job.)

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