What makes an organization a great place to work? A great place to work is one that inspires the passion of workers and gives a free rein to their talent. Workers are turned on by what they do and who they work for or with. In my opinion, a great place to work is also a place where people are able to apply their gift to the fullest, where they can develop, nurture and apply their skills and knowledge in ways that permit them to consistently generate excellence.
The Houston Chronicle has listed The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) as one of the best places to work. This organization was created by the U.T. System Board of Regents and is located in the world renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. UT Health brings together the Dental Branch, the graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Biomedical Informatics, the UT Harris County Psychiatric Center and the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases. This organization led by Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., offers bachelor, graduate and professional degrees, Coordinating Board approved certificate programs, joint/dual degree programs and clinical training sites. There is $217.6 million expended in sponsored projects and over 900 research projects in progress. UT Health is also involved with patient care in which there are 853,704 patient encounters at Medical School Outpatient Clinics, 88,649 patient visits at Dental Branch Clinics, more than 60 outpatient and inpatient sites and over 900 medical and dental residents providing care. This institute is made up of 1,529 faculty, 3,762 staff and 3,969 total students. The financials for UT Health would include $838 million annual operating budget, $111.5 million endowments (book value), $225.1 million unreimbursed charity care provided and $2.5 billion annual economic impact on Houston (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2004-Present).
Company values are more important than we think. They are vital to the overall success of a business. Without company values there is no foundation in which employees can build their success. They have become an ethical foundation for business. The website for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2004-present) describes the mission of the Human Resource Department, as a strategic partner, is to recruit, develop, and retain the high caliber diverse workforce necessary for UT Health to achieve its mission and goals. Smith stated, “At UT Health, employees and customer service are valued. The goal is to increase the knowledge and motivation of its employees whether you are full or part time, temporary, contract or a volunteer so that the employees can better serve the customers and contribute to the overall success of the organization” (personal communication, December 8, 2010). When employees see that the organization they work for values them and are willing to develop their employees to be the most knowledgeable and skilled employees to further their career, it makes the staff more willing to go above and beyond for their organization.
Rewarding employees for outstanding performance is a great way to get employees to put their best foot forward. Workers like to see that their hard work is appreciated. According to Ezine Articles (2007), “Organizations realize that they cannot simply expect their employees to do their best work, day after day, year after year, without some sort of meaningful acknowledgement. They understand that to get the most from their people, they’ve got to recognize their accomplishments in ways that have an impact, that serve to reinforce hard work and encourage continued creativity and innovation.” UT Health Science Center performs performance appraisals on all employees. “The...