You need to understand younger workers’ worldview to attract, engage them. Millennials aren’t especially optimistic about the future, and they’re not completely satisfied with their lives and the world around them, according to the 2019 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey. Nearly three-quarters (70%) think they may only have some of the skills needed to succeed in the working world of tomorrow. While over half (52%) aspire to earn high salaries and be wealthy, only two-thirds who seek to attain senior levels in their careers are confident about their ability to reach this goal. While many millennials don’t feel prepared when they enter the workforce, only 21% see this as a personal responsibility. About a third (30%) think that businesses/employers play the greatest role in preparing workers to succeed, and 24% say this responsibility falls … [Read more...] about Report: Employers Need to Rethink Strategies to Attract Millennials
Culture & Leadership
If you think you don’t have to worry about mental illness in the workplace, statistics say otherwise. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.; and untreated conditions cost $200 billion annually. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so there’s never been a better time to shine a light on this issue in your workplace. … [Read more...] about May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Move the Conversation Forward
Personality assessment tools are more accurate and sophisticated than ever; and they can help you find, keep the best employees. The use of personality assessment tools is growing—as much as 10% annually—because they help organizations effectively predict which candidates will be the best fit for their job openings and their company culture. You also can use these for training and onboarding to determine career paths for new hires and reinforce the connection between job roles, personal satisfaction, and the company culture. There are thousands of these tools, but eight of the most popular are highlighted here. … [Read more...] about Find the Perfect Match with Personality Assessment Tools
Money can’t buy happiness, but a few steps can help HR assess employee satisfaction and jump-start joy. In a recent study, happiness increased work productivity by 12%, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. So how do you determine how happy your employees are? Then what can you do to increase their job-related joy? There are several proven tools to measure employee happiness, but among the most reliable are your eyes and ears, as well as those of your colleagues. When people gather in breakrooms, are they animated and laughing or are they silent or sullen and complaining? Are optional company events (such as parties or sporting events) well attended? Do team members greet each other warmly in the hallways? Do managers know their employees and take time to chat with them? You can gain real insight into how employees feel about the company and their jobs by watching and listening. One popular [Read more...] about Study: Strong Link Between Happiness and Productivity
There’s good news about the job market; but behind the positives there are some troubling realities. April marked the 103rd straight month of job gains and resulted in a 50-year low unemployment rate of 3.6%. Specifically, a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report observed that notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, healthcare, and social assistance. However, underlying this in post-acute and long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare settings, labor costs are increasing and operating margins are shrinking. According to one report, labor costs in healthcare organizations represent about 60% of net revenues. At the same time, operating margins have gotten smaller as Medicare and Medicaid, instead of private insurance, have become primary payors for most patients. While technology has increased labor intensity, this hasn’t … [Read more...] about Job Numbers Are Strong But Present Challenges for Healthcare
Move beyond branding to gravity for perpetual popularity with job-seekers. To consistently attract good workers, you don’t just need a solid brand; you need brand gravity. This is when your brand has the “emotional pull” that makes people remember you and your company over time in a positive light. It means that when people are in the job market, they come straight to your organization because they already know it’s a good place to work. So how do you create brand gravity? … [Read more...] about Brand Gravity Draws Quality Candidates Like a Magnet
HR leaders needs to look at how they address the safety, other needs of overweight employees. Statistics suggest that at least a small percentage of your employees are overweight or obese. Some of these individuals may qualify for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections if their weight and related symptoms/problems “substantially limit a major life activity.” You need to know who qualifies for what protections and be prepared to provide these accordingly. Otherwise, you could leave your organization open to discrimination complaints. If an employee is obese and has associated problems—such as joint pain, mobility difficulties, shortness of breath, and/or diabetes, you need to implement a process to determine what accommodations may be needed or possible. Note that the underlying problems may be considered disabilities in their own right, regardless of weight issues; and the ADA considers those workers “regarded as disabled,” even if they don’t meet other criteria. … [Read more...] about Are You Following ADA Guidance on Obesity?
Beef up your soft skills to retain employees, attract top candidates. There is a lot of talk about the importance of “soft skills”—such as communication, time management, and creativity—for employees. But leaders also need these abilities so that they can engage workers, encourage retention, and promote a culture where everyone thrives. Take a minute to inventory your soft skills and think about how you use them. … [Read more...] about Leaders with Soft Skills Make for Solid Employee Engagement
Take steps to create a workplace that grows positivity and empowerment. A toxic work environment doesn’t suddenly appear. It finds a welcoming host and grows slowly. HR can help identify signs of trouble—such as instances of discrimination, lack of accountability, hostile leadership, fearful staff, and information guarding—and address these before they have a chance to take root. … [Read more...] about Be the Antidote for Toxicity
These conflict resolution strategies can put the ‘calm’ in your company. Conflict is one of the most often explored topics in just about every discipline, industry, and organization; and long-term and post-acute care is no exception. It seems that we just can’t seem to figure it out. We are taught to create win-win situations while working with simply irascible characters and to have candid conversations with unreasonable tyrants. No wonder there is so much fuss! In truth, most conflicts do not reflect those extremes. Run-of-the-mill conflicts are between reasonable (or semi-reasonable) people with different positions and perspectives. What follows are three strategies for addressing conflict. Notice that I did not say resolving or managing conflict. That is because I do not believe all conflicts are manageable or solvable. There are some conflicts that are simply there. Participants live in a truce state and agree to peacefully coexist. … [Read more...] about What’s All the Fuss?