How a first day goes can determine if an employee ultimately stays or leaves. With industry turnover at about 60% and record low unemployment, it’s more important than ever for home health workers to hit the ground running and have a positive, productive, and engaged first day. Some tips to ensure this include: making new hires feel welcome and appreciated (know their names and something about them, personalize onboarding, etc.); prioritize high-engagement learning and set the training stage; don’t just focus on skill-building (address the organization’s culture, mission, and values in orientation and training); employ mentors and relationship-strengthening tools; and check in “early and often” (e.g., make workers feel supported, listened to, and appreciated). Read the full article.