Consider trends and demographics to plan the perfect high-tech, highly personalized workspace in the new year. A new year often means an influx of high-tech and other innovations. But before you invest in change, take stock of the demographics facing your workplace and what technology and resources your employees want and need. While you can expect a wave of millennials who expect a cutting-edge workspace, you also will have more older employees putting off retirement and preferring the status quo. Read on to learn more about 2020 workplace demographics and what technology and tools will satisfy all of your workers, maximize productivity, and enhance your brand. … [Read more...] about What Is Your 2020 Vision?
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Especially if your workers are younger, they may be looking for new jobs or even new fields in the coming year. What will you do to keep them? Even if you’ve crafted, honed, and nurtured a strong staff that is running like a well-oiled machine, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. According to a new American Staffing Association (ASA) survey, nearly half (48%) of U.S. workers are likely to look for a new job in the next year; and 38% say they’re considering switching to a new industry or field altogether. … [Read more...] about Survey: Half of Your Staff May Be Planning to Jump Ship
A new study says many workers don’t get enough sleep, and that could spell real trouble; but you can take steps to keep them healthy and productive. Are your employees getting enough sleep? According to a new study, many of them aren’t. In fact, researchers found that the prevalence of “short sleep duration” (i.e., fewer than seven hours of sleep per night) in working adults is 35.6%. This lack of sleep is most commonly seen in several specific professions, including healthcare support occupations (45%). Read on for more information from this study and how sleep hygiene education can help your employees sleep--and work--better. … [Read more...] about From A to ZZZZ: Why Lack of Sleep Could Be a Nightmare for Your Employees, Company
According to a new survey, companies need employees with critical thinking, creative problem-solving skills, but most college grads don’t stack up. Companies want job candidates with soft as well as hard skills, but are having trouble finding candidates who fit the bill. Particularly among recent college grads, a new survey says, employers say that there is a lack of critical thinking and other skills they need workers to have. In fact, 73% of employers describe finding qualified, capable job applicants as “very or somewhat difficult.” … [Read more...] about Candidates with Key Soft Skills Are Hard to Find, Say Employers
A new report identifies opportunities to strengthen the home care workforce and improve quality and access. With 15 million home-dwelling adults in the U.S. requiring some degree of personal assistance, there are significant opportunities for home care services and policies moving forward. These assistance needs are impacted by factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, nativity, geographic location, and health and economic status, as well as pending shifts in the population. A new report, Envisioning the Future of Home Care: Trends and Opportunities in Workforce Policy and Practice, offers insights into how to strengthen the lagging home care workforce and enhance quality as demands for services and support in this sector grow. … [Read more...] about Industry Trends, Workforce Numbers Add Up to Big Challenges for Home Care
On the two-year anniversary of #MeToo, workplace harassment, misconduct continue to plague employees; and employers still struggle with how to protect workers. Two years after the #MeToo movement started, a new survey shows that 56% of employees have witnessed or experienced inappropriate, illegal, or unethical behavior. However, they say that their concerns often aren’t investigated; and some suggest that these incidents go unreported because employees fear consequences or worry they won’t be believed. … [Read more...] about Survey: Employees Still Aren’t Confident about Reporting Bad Behavior
A new workspace model is gaining traction as a cost-effective, efficient solution to employee ennui. Activity-based work is a hot new trend with staying power. By providing flexible workspace designs that enable workers to choose workstations for various tasks, activity-based work environments are creating more agile workforces and giving employees more control over their daily activities. In fact, according to one source, 98% of highly satisfied employees work at an organization where they are free to move around during the day. In an activity-based environment, workers don’t have specific workstations and can choose one that best meets their needs for certain tasks. For instance, nurses could choose quiet spaces for phone conversations with physicians where accurate note-taking requires them to be free from distractions and noise. … [Read more...] about Activity-Based Work: An A-Plus Way to Increase Productivity, Innovation, Teamwork
The old way of doing things just won’t fly under the new reimbursement system. Don’t forget staff as you dive in. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is here, and even well-prepared organizations are uncertain about precisely what the future will hold for this new system of reimbursement for nursing home care. To gain some insights on staffing in the world of PDPM, InFront talked to Melanie Tribe-Scott and Gloria Brent from MDS Consultants during last week’s 2019 LTC Summit in Asheville, NC. They stress the need to focus on training and education about data collection, assessments, documentation, and how to communicate with patients and other team members; and they remind everyone that they need innovative thinking to succeed in this new payment paradigm. … [Read more...] about Staffing in the World of PDPM
More than ever, employees care about financial wellness; and they are looking to their employers for guidance and support. There’s good news and bad news about financial wellness benefits. More companies offer financial wellness programs for employees, but awareness--especially of healthcare savings and caregiver support benefits--is still lacking. Read on to see how your workplace stacks up with the competition. … [Read more...] about How Do Your Employees Rate Their Financial Wellness?
Increasingly, male employees expect flexible work programs; and they’re more likely to choose companies that have them. Flexible work options aren’t just for female employees. According to new research, men—particularly millennials—are demanding flexibility. In fact, while women are 20% more likely to look for a new job in the next three years if their employer doesn’t offer flexibility, men are 30% more likely to do so. Flexibility and diversity aren’t just novel trends. According to a 2018 survey, 98% of companies have some type of gender diversity program; and both men and women rated flex-work models as an effective intervention to increase diversity. … [Read more...] about Diversity and Flexibility Go Hand-in-Hand for Men and Women