About Sandy‎ > ‎

In the News

Education, health plans help UD excel

5:44 PM, Aug. 10, 2010 

Sandy McVey (left) trains Delphine Lewis on a spreadsheet program at the University of Delaware in Newark.
Sandy McVey (left) instructs Delphine Lewis on a spreadsheet program at the University of Delaware in Newark. 

Sandy McVey has worked at the University of Delaware for nearly 11 years.

One of the biggest draws for employees, McVey said, are the benefits packages. She counts the education benefits -- which allow employees and family members to take classes -- among one of the best. She's also happy with the health insurance, a generous retirement plan and "exposure to people who care about their jobs," she said.

"It's all about fostering learning," McVey said.

Those feelings explain why the University of Delaware was awarded the special award this year for the workplace with the best benefits in the 2010 Top Workplaces survey, commissioned by The News Journal through Workplace Dynamics.

Creating a benefits package that's competitive is instrumental in employee recruitment, said J.J. Davis, vice president for administration at UD. The university aims to recruit the best people, she said.

"We know that compensation and benefits are key ingredients to that," she said.

One of the areas where the university "really shines" is in the wellness benefits it offers, Davis said. To help keep employees healthy there is an on-site fitness center and a walking campaign. The university examines trends in health-care claims to decide what kinds of programs will be the more beneficial, she said.

Other benefits include: The university pays about 91 percent of the premium for medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation and sick leave benefits; pensions for some workers; and retiree benefits.

A program called "HealthyU" provides several wellness programs for staff. Each year, staff receive a certain amount of money they can spend at the wellness center on programs such as employee-only fitness classes, healthful cooking seminars and personal trainers.

"We do a lot to support employees throughout the year," Davis said.