December 6, 2019

Employee feedback sought on open enrollment, wellness programming; respond by Jan. 17

For the fourth year in a row, Human Resources-Benefits is seeking employee input and feedback about the recent benefits open enrollment as well as overall health and wellness offerings at the University. Employees (excluding graduate staff) at West Lafayette, Northwest (Hammond and Westville) and Fort Wayne who are benefits-eligible are encouraged to participate in the brief, two-part survey regarding both of these topics. The survey is open; responses are requested by Jan. 17.

“Each year, the benefits department, stakeholder groups and LHD Benefits Advisors analyze employee perspective via the survey results and then use that data and information as part of the building blocks for future benefits packages and wellness offerings,” said Candace Shaffer, director of benefits in Human Resources. “Over the last several years we have grown in our understanding of data provided by the survey and based on that understanding, we continually work to meet the diverse needs of our faculty and staff. Participating in this survey is the best way for our Purdue community members to share their opinions, experiences and suggestions that help us move forward.”

Survey results tell the story of what impacts Purdue employees and how when it comes to their benefits and overall well-being. Following last year’s survey, the benefits team created a one-page document to highlight employee feedback and ways in which the University was addressing the wants and needs employees had shared. Additionally, LHD produced a report that summarized direct health plan enrollment and use compared to a traditional plan, which was used in part to make decisions about the 2020 and 2021 health plans.

“As in years past, we want to learn how the open enrollment process was viewed as well to understand what types of additional wellness programming are of interest and how best to provide those resources to our faculty and staff,” Shaffer said. “Survey results provide the foundation from which we build future programming and offerings.”  

Today, the University offers many no-cost wellness programs through its Center for Healthy Living on the West Lafayette campus, as well as the Healthy Boiler Program, currently in its third year.

Purdue remains dedicated to ensuring convenient access to health care and wellness opportunities. The survey will provide helpful information that will be used for future planning. All employees who complete the survey will receive an incentive for their participation. To keep employee responses anonymous, upon completion of the survey, participants will be redirected to a separate survey to provide name and campus building to mail their incentive.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 765-494-2222, toll-free at 877-725-0222 or via email at

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