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Staff picnic at HSS Plaza
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty and staff enjoy a luncheon hosted in their honor at the Humanities Plaza on campus.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has earned Great Place to Work certification for the second year in a row.

“Our employees are the heart of UT Knoxville, and this certification of recognition is a testament to our commitment to their well-being and growth. We are honored to receive this vote of confidence again and will continue to foster a vibrant and rewarding workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute their best,” said Mary Lucal, associate vice chancellor for human resources.

Among the top statements from UT Knoxville employees, the survey found that 92% felt the Knoxville campus was a safe place to work and 86% felt they were able to take time off from work when necessary. Among the notable increases from the previous survey are employee feelings about management: 73% felt management was approachable and easy to talk with, and 68% believed management showed a sincere interest in them as a person, with both responses reflecting an increase of 7 percentage points.

The Great Place To Work survey measures individual employee experiences of five dimensions: credibility, fairness, respect, camaraderie and pride of a high-trust company culture. According to the organization’s research, the five dimensions create a workplace culture where employees feel empowered and encouraged to do their most meaningful work, and those high-trust cultures outperform their competitors in recruitment and retention, productivity and innovation, and financial performance.


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