Employee Engagement


Thank you to everyone that participated in the Employee Engagement survey! We had 55% participation in the survey and our overall engagement score was 78%.

Our strengths are:

Role                            My role is an excellent fit for my strengths.

Communication           UT Southwestern does a good job communicating with employees.

Career Goals               My career goals can be met at UT Southwestern.

Opportunities for Growth are:

Team                           I’m satisfied with my work team.

Manager                      I would recommend my direct supervisor/manager to others.

Belonging                    I feel a sense of belonging at UT Southwestern.

I’m excited to see that people feel that we have matched their strengths to the right role in Dermatology and UT Southwestern. It’s also wonderful to see that people feel they can achieve their career goals here and that the communication from the university is good.

Here are some ideas for team building that we can try:

  1. Have a meeting with your team where each person lists the things they feel are needed for the team to be successful. Write all the ideas on a whiteboard. Then create two columns – one for things that are crucial and one for things that would be great to have. Then as a team decide which of the items mentioned on the white board should be part of each column. Afterwards, ask each person to commit to always meeting the items on the crucial list and to strive to add the “would be great” to their interactions with each other.
  2. Have everyone on the team take the DISC training (Taleo registration, virtual class) related to work and communication styles. Then meet to discuss each person’s style so that team members can better understand each person’s needs when communicating and how their work style can influence how well they work together.
  3. As a team, learn how to Manage Conflict with each other by taking the available trainings listed on our Training Tuesday’s webpage. Then create some scenarios to practice with each other to resolve issues. No one is comfortable having difficult conversations but practicing the skills does make it easier.
  4. Create opportunities for the team to engage with each other socially outside of work. As people get to know each other better as individuals, it can help them work more effectively together.

Here are some ideas for enhancing the manager/employee relationship:

  1. Again, I think understanding each other’s communication and work style is important to working well together. If you haven’t taken DISC yet, I highly recommend it.
  2. Have regular meetings with your manager or employee to talk about goals, status of ongoing projects, obstacles you’ve encountered, possible solutions, new things you’ve learned, etc. If you would like to have these meetings, don’t wait for the other one to offer or set them up. Be proactive and ask.
  3. Try to acknowledge extra effort or help that the other gives and thank them. PACT cards are a great way to do this. Managers and employees both need this.
  4. Be honest with each other in a respectful, constructive way. Use “I” statements instead of “You” statements. “You” statements can denote negativity.
  5. Avoid making excuses and blaming others when things go wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s how we learn and grow as individuals. The goal is to learn from mistakes so we don’t continue to keep making them. People can’t learn from mistakes that they won’t acknowledge. Nor can they learn from things that are never brought to their attention.
  6. Ask each other to express their point of view and try to see it from their perspective. Most misunderstandings come from two people looking at the same thing but not seeing the same thing. Recognizing that each perspective has value even if they are different can help build a strong sense of teamwork.

Here are some ways to increase your sense of belonging:

  • Make an effort. Creating a sense of belonging takes effort, to put yourself out there, seek out activities and groups of people with whom you have common interests, and engage with others.
  • Be patient. It might take time to gain acceptance, attention, and support from members of the group.
  • Practice acceptance. Focus on the similarities, not the differences that connect you to others, and remain open to new ways of thinking.

If you are interested in learning more about belonging, the above information and more can be found at What Is Sense of Belonging? (verywellmind.com)