Southwestern Assemblies God University (SAGU) ranked 7th in midsize companies in The Dallas Morning News' Top 100 Workplaces in DFW on Sunday, November 10, 2013. This is the third consecutive year that SAGUhas ranked.
Dallas Morning News held it's fifth Top 100 Places to Work competition. In their research, they found that there is a correlation between happy employees and successful companies. Anyone can nominate a company for the list, but the company must allow employees to anonymously take part in a third party survey by WorkplaceDynamics.
Winners were selected based upon survey results. Dallas Morning News ranks winners by small (less than 150 employees), midsize (150-499 employees) and large (500 employees or more) companies. This year, 276 companies were surveyed, and WorkplaceDynamics analyzed the answers from 72,285 workers to determine the Top 100.
Employees rated SAGU highest in "Direction" with statements like "I believe that SAGU is going in the right direction," "I have confidence in the leader of SAGU," and "SAGU operates by strong ethics and values."
One SAGU employee said of their senior managers, "They care deeply about me and are willing to be flexible as long as it doesn't compromise my performance." Another said, "They actually care for you and your family. If you need help or prayer, you know you can go to your manager."
Another employee shared, "SAGU's convictions drive them to do everything with excellence." SAGU employees ranked the statement "My company operates by strong ethics and values" 66 percent higher than the national averages for colleges and universities. They also ranked "I believe my company is going in the right direction" 53 percent higher than the national average.
SAGU has implemented two incentives to increase productivity. When students are on summer vacation, employees are allowed 30 minutes of exercise time at the Garrison Wellness Center during their 8-hour workday. Additionally, half of the employee's sick hours that are not used by the end of the year can be converted to vacation for the next year.