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UCAR operates the Delphi Service to allow staff to query management about UCAR policy and practice in a confidential manner. Since its creation in 1974, hundreds of questions have been asked and answered through the service.
The Delphi Coordinator, elected by staff every four years, oversees the process. In June 2006, UCAR employees elected Marc Genty as Delphi Coordinator. Employees submit questions to the Delphi Service by contacting the coordinator.
Confidentiality is the key component of the Delphi process. When a question is submitted to the Delphi Coordinator, it should include the name of the questioner; however, before the question is forwarded to an appropriate responder, the name is removed. If you have a question or concern, but aren't certain how to phrase it, the Delphi Coordinator is happy to help. Questions and answers of general interest are published in full. Others are listed by subject in the online Delphi Archive.
Staff are encouraged to query management directly whenever anonymity is not a concern. In addition, the UCAR Ombuds Office provides confidential assistance to employees and visitors to help resolve issues related to employment or appointment at UCAR.
There are three options for sending Delphi questions to Marc. Please send your question, including your name and contact information, either
– via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked "confidential,”
– via e-mail (this option does not guarantee privacy), or
– to the home address of the Delphi Coordinator (call the coordinator to get address information).
If you would like Marc to correspond with you at home, please include your home address.
Contact Marc Genty at ext. 1210, by e-mail at email@example.com, or at the Mesa Lab, room 44d.
UCAR's policy is to establish, maintain, and foster communication among all employees. The Delphi Service, administered by the Delphi Coordinator, is one means by which any employee may ask a question related to the operation of UCAR and receive an answer, while maintaining anonymity. UCAR Policy & Procedures Manual, Section 1-5, Delphi Service Policy
1. Purpose of Service
The Delphi Service is intended to improve institutional effectiveness, employee morale, and working conditions by:
2. Delphi Coordinator
The Delphi Coordinator is nominated and elected by UCAR employees and is expected to perform the service as a one-person function. An employee nominated to be Coordinator should confer with his/her supervisor to discuss how the time and effort required will be accommodated within his/her workload. Supervisors must arrange workloads to allow an employee to serve as Coordinator, if elected.
Any employee with at least four years of UCAR employment, except those holding management positions (i.e., whose salaries are in the management salary structure), and who occupies a part-time or full-time UCAR position may be nominated for Coordinator. Nominations are invited by the UCAR President. They may be made by any person, and the employee may nominate him/herself. Qualifications should include high personal integrity, detailed knowledge of the organization, and the ability to maintain the trust and confidence of employees. The Coordinator serves a term of four years and may stand for re-election for one additional four-year term. No individual may serve as Coordinator for more than eight years.
3. Election of Delphi Coordinator
Secret ballots are sent to all UCAR employees. Election is by majority vote. If no nominee receives a majority, a second secret ballot is taken to choose between the two individuals receiving the greatest number of votes.
The process for Delphi Service is as follows:
5. Information to Staff
Delphi Service information is provided on the Web at http://www.ucar.edu/delphi. The site contains the policy and processes of the service and a chronological list of Delphi questions and answers, plus frequently asked questions designed to assist staff who are considering using the Delphi Service.
6. Reports to Management
The Coordinator informs, as necessary, the President, the Director of NCAR, and the Director of UOP about the questions received; and the adequacy of the responses. The Coordinator may also initiate meetings with the President, the Director of NCAR, or the Director of UOP as needed.
Because the questioners have requested nonpublication. Because those questions refer to specific people and/or circumstances, to ensure true anonymity for the questioner and a more substantial, specific reply from the respondent than might be the case if published, Delphi Coordinators sometimes agree to nonpublication in those instances.
The Delphi Archives, begun in 1995, provide the service with more visibility and, we hope, access within the UCAR community, by providing all interested staff the opportunity to see the chronological listing of all Delphi questions submitted to the coordinator.
This can be done easily by calling Marc Genty at ext. 1210 during business hours, or by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a historic list that is no longer updated. It includes all Delphi questions from 1995 through June 2008. Questions with published answers include links to those answers; questions without links were answered confidentially.
|414*||2-95||FSS||Personal mail delivery|
|415*||2-95||UCAR Pres||Party policy clarification|
|416||2-95||Div/Pgm Dir||Personnel matter|
|417*||2-95||FSS||Building maintenance issues|
|419||3-95||HR-Div/Pgm Dir||Employment procedures|
|419A||4-95||HR-Div/Pgm Dir||Follow-up to question 419|
|420||6-95||HR||Position description clarification|
|421||8-95||NCAR Dir||Policy clarification|
|422||1-96||NCAR Dir||Position description clarification|
|424*||8-96||HR||Performance appraisal, salary increases|
|425*||8-96||Pgm Mgr||Scheduling outside activities|
|426||8-96||NCAR Dir||Policy clarification|
|428*||1-97||Finance||UCAR policy clarification re staff positions|
|429*||2-97||Finance||Follow-up to question 428|
|430*||2-97||HR||Retirement benefits clarification|
|433*||5-97||FSS||UCAR vendor selection and e-mail|
|435*||7-97||Finance||UCAR reimbursement for personal loss|
|436*||10-97||HR||Alternative health care option|
|437*||11-97||HR||Health insurance options|
|438*||12-97||HR||Health insurance provider rating|
|439*||5-98||HR||Home Internet connection|
|440*||9-99||Facilities||Smoking at FL|
|445*||03/00||FAC||Speeding at FL|
|449*||03/00||FAC||Smoking at FL|
|Various*||06/00||FAC||Great Moments in Delphi History|
|450*||06/00||Cafe||Pearl Street Food Service|
|451*||06/00||FAC||Display of American Flag|
|453*||06/00||Exhibits||ML Exhibit Noise|
|454*||06/00||FAC||Artwork in ML|
|455*||06/00||HR, FAC||Family leave; tree plaza|
|457*||08/00||Safety||Smoking on the Trails|
|458*||08/00||Safety||FL Bicycle Commuters|
|466*||01/01||IP||Policy on the Web|
|480*||07/01||Safety||Dogs on Trails|
|489*||08/02||PPS||PAM (Portable Automated Mesonet)|
Phone messaging clock
|498*||11/02||Finance||Salaries for cleaning crew|
|500*||03/03||Comm||Publications on the Web|
|502*||6/03||CAP||Prairie Dog display|
|503*||6/03||Bus Serv||Nap Room|
|504*||8/03||SASS||First Aid Rooms|
|505*||9/03||IT||Online pay stub|
|506*||10/03||HR||Training and employment procedures|
|511*||11/03||SCD web||Web Servers|
Outstanding Accomplishment Awards
|513*||1/04||SASS||Foothills Lab Crosswalk|
|514*||3/04||EAC||Spring Fling menu|
|521*||8/04||Facilities||CG Fire safety|
|528*||10/04||HR||Cigna ID cards|
|529*||11/04||SASS||Offensive Cafeteria Signs|
|533*||4/05||HESS & LO||Moving Office Furniture|
|538*||6/05||B&P||Base Funding Cuts|
|539*||8/05||PPS||Parking at CG1|
|540*||8/05||Event Services||Cafeteria Menu|
|542*||10/05||PPS||Center Green Fire Alarms|
|543*||10/05||HR||HR Policies, Dress Code, Personal Calls|
|545*||10/05||HESS||Driving Through a Stop Sign|
|546*||10/05||Delphi||Confidentiality vs. Anonymity|
|547*||11/05||PPS||Toilet Paper Waste|
|550*||1/06||UCAR Pres||Professional Memberships|
|551*||1/06||PPS||FL Basketball Court|
|553*||3/06||SASS||Visitor Parking Spaces|
|555*||6/06||SASS||FL0 Courtyard Public Events|
|556*||9/06||SASS||American Flag at Center Green|
|557*||9/06||HR||EAC Bowling Team Sponsorship|
|558||8/06||Event Services||Cafeteria Music|
|560*||9/06||PPS||CG Fitness Center|
|561||10/06||SASS||CO Smoking Ban|
|562*||10/06||HR||On-Site Massage Therapy|
|563*||10/06||HR||Webhire Formatting Issues|
|564*||10/06||PPS||Non-Renewable Energy Consumption|
|565*||10/06||PPS||FL1 Prairie Dogs vs. Lawn|
|566||10/06||F&A||Non-Staff Event Participation Question|
|569*||01/07||Event Services||Trans-Fat-Free UCAR Cafeterias|
|570||01/07||F&A||UCAR Closure Questions|
|571*||01/07||F&A||Purchasing Carbon Offsets|
|573*||03/07||HR||TIAA-CREF & Socially Responsible Investing|
|576*||08/07||F&A||Contract Employee Benefits|
|577*||08/07||SASS||Official NCAR Shipping Address|
|578*||08/07||HR||Confidentiality In Hiring Process|
|579*||09/07||PPS||CG Fitness Center (Update)|
|581*||10/07||HR||Vision & Dental Medical Emergency Coverage|
|582*||11/07||Event Services||Minimal Waste & Recycling In ML Cafeteria|
|583*||01/08||HR||Freelance Writing Opportunity & Outside Employment|
|584*||02/08||PPS||American Flag Replacement Criteria|
|585*||03/08||PPS||Exempt To Non-Exempt Reclassification|
|588*||06/08||NCAR Directorate||Space Planning Update|
|589*||06/08||SASS||Severe Weather Alerts|
*Published questions and responses