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UTHealth named one of Houston’s Top Workplaces 2017

Top Workplaces award with UTHealth logo on building in background

HOUSTON – (Nov. 6, 2017) –  For the eighth time, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been recognized as a Top Workplace, according to a survey published in the Nov. 5 issue of the Houston Chronicle.

“Being consistently selected as a Top Workplace is a tremendous honor and speaks to the quality of our people and our culture,” said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president of UTHealth and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair. “I’m proud of the work we are doing to serve our community and thankful to be doing it alongside such remarkable colleagues.”

UTHealth was ranked No. 22 in the Large Company category (organizations with 500 or more local employees). Of the three higher education institutions in the category, UTHealth ranked the highest. Among health care institutions in the category, only Memorial Hermann Health System ranked higher than UTHealth.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection.

When compared to peer institutions, UTHealth showed the greatest strength for the following statements:

  • UTHealth operates by strong values and ethics,
  • I believe UTHealth is going in the right direction,
  • New ideas are encouraged at UTHealth,
  • I feel genuinely appreciated at UTHealth,
  • UTHealth enables me to work at my full potential, and
  • My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.

The feedback UTHealth receives through the survey has helped shaped a number of employee development programs including UTHealth Leadership Institutes, the Women in Leadership Seminar Series and the Disability Awareness Seminar Series. In the coming months, UTHealth will be launching a Management Academy to provide targeted management and supervisory training to more than 1,400 clinical and administrative managers across UTHealth. The training will cover a range of topics from supervisory and performance management of employees to team leadership, employee development and communication.

Through these programs and others, UTHealth continues to invest in its students, faculty and staff and their personal and professional development.

“I deeply appreciate the specific, actionable feedback provided by our faculty and staff through this survey and other avenues,” said Eric Fernette, vice president for human resources. “Their candor allows university leadership to invest in our community and create the best possible environment for employees, students and our patients. We thank them for all that they do to make UTHealth a Top Workplace.”

- Written by Jenna C. Taylor

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