A bipartisan group of 13 US senators is encouraging the Biden administration to halt its push to mandate staffing levels in nursing homes. These senators with rural populations say it’s the wrong move, since nursing homes are already struggling to hire and retain professional staff. … [Read more...] about Senators Push to End CMS Mandatory Staffing Efforts
If you have younger workers who have or plan to have children, you should look at how you support new moms. According to a new survey, many employers aren’t doing enough:
- 68% of 2,000 working mothers say lack of time to pump at work and/or the stress of pumping enough at work are significant challenges.
- 65% say they feel challenged getting milk home to their babies.
- Under half (40%) say their company has a dedicated lactation space or room with a locking door. Only 28% say this space is comfortable and well-furnished.
- Over a fourth (26%) say they have no space at work to pump. One respondent says she has resorted to pumping in a shower stall.
In 2019, 83% of U.S. workers were reported to suffer from work-related stress. At the same time, they see the value of health and wellness perks, and 73% of workers say they are directly influenced by these when choosing a job. There is much at HR and other leaders can do to address employee stress:
- Build realistic, customized programs. Pay attention to what is sustainable, positive, and low pressure. Remember that you won’t be able to eliminate all stress, but you can minimize it and give workers the tools and skills they need to live a low-stress work life.
- Promote downtime. Breaks can be very effective for both managers and their teams. Encourage and enable your teams to build routines with healthful, productive downtime. Coffee breaks, a few minutes of walking or stretching, and 15 minutes in a quiet room can be tremendously refreshing and revitalizing.
- Provide tools and training. Make sure you have mental health benefits designed to combat … [Read more...] about (2/18) Workplace Stress: The Silent Productivity Killer
Job hopping is on the rise, according to a new report. In fact, workers are changing jobs at a rate of 4.1%, twice that of 10 years ago. The good news is that the job switching rate is lowest in the health services, education, and manufacturing industries. Among other findings from the survey:
- Workers usually leave their industries when they change jobs, but the rate they jump to other industries has remained fairly consistent in the past decade.
- Employers are increasingly hiring job candidates who already have employment, as well as those who lack credentials previously required.
- More employers are using recruitment strategies that include offering more generous pay and benefits.
- Job hopping is most common in administrative and support services jobs.
For job hunters, every day they don’t hear back from a company they’ve interviewed with can be agony. Yet a recent survey found that the average time between the first interview and a job offer is about 33 days, an 84% increase since 2010. This causes, or at least contributes to, a 16% reduction in candidates accepting offers. Being decisive reaps benefits, the survey suggests, indicating that hiring managers prepared to make quick decision end up with 10% more high-quality candidates and 11% fewer low-quality candidates that their slower-moving counterparts. This partly because they reduce to time-to-hire time period by 17%. To make faster and better hiring decisions, consider aligning hiring with expertise and involving people beyond a hiring manager in decision-making. It also is helpful to engage with candidates, building a trusting relationship. Read the full … [Read more...] about (7/29) Are Slow Hiring Decisions Dragging You Down?
Fear can motivate people; but in the workplace, fear can lead to low self-esteem, poor morale, and high turnover, instead of productivity. Management by fear was once a popular concept among some organizations. However, this leadership style has largely been discredited; and it has been determined to deteriorate team relationships, increase stress and anxiety, and create a dysfunctional, tense workplace. When fear rears its head, it is usually a sign that something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed. Read the full article. … [Read more...] about (12/14) Does Fear Motivate Workers or Just Make Things Worse? — HR Executive
Noncompete clauses have long been used to retain executives and keep ex-employees from ‘stealing’ clients and company information. Now, in the midst of a serious caregiver shortages, restrictive agreements are gaining popularity for low-wage workers in the home health industry. The most common trends: agreements that let caregivers work for competitors but not take clients or co-workers with them and a financial penalty for customers who hire an agency caregiver directly. While such agreements may have some benefits, experts caution that they actually could drive caregivers to other industries or settings. Read the full story. … [Read more...] about (12/4) Home Care Companies Increase Use of Noncompetes, Other Contract Restrictions – Home Health Care News
Despite the distractions of festivities and other commitments, a recent survey says that workers actually claim to be more productive during the holiday season. In a survey of more than 2,800 workers, 65% say they are more productive during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The study suggests Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco are the most productive cities during the holidays, while St. Louis, Des Moines, and Boston are the least productive. In the same survey, workers offer some common barriers to holiday productivity. These include personal and social commitments, greater year-end workloads, cold and flu season, and holiday shopping. … [Read more...] about How Holidays Can Improve Worker Productivity, Satisfaction
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will soon be releasing two new toolkits to promote employee retention. One will include an employee satisfaction survey that lets facility employees share their perceptions about team building, job satisfaction, management/leadership, scheduling/staffing, and more. The other kit will be a guide to improving nursing home employee satisfaction. Read the full article. … [Read more...] about (12/3) CMS Announces Tools To Help Nursing Homes Boost Employee Satisfaction–McKnight’s
HR can take the lead on successfully addressing harassment in the workplace. According to a recent study, workplace harassment plagues many companies and affects how employees feel about their jobs and their employers. However, there is much health care organizations and other companies can do to protect employees and minimize complaints. In a survey of 500 US full-time employees, 35% of respondents said they feel that they have been harassed at work. The number is higher among women, 41% of whom made this claim. Three-quarters of those who said they were harassed identified the harasser as a male, and over 70% said they were victimized by someone in a senior position. However, workplace harassment isn’t limited to bosses and employees. Nearly one in five (17%) of survey respondents identified their harasser as a customer or vendor. … [Read more...] about Survey Shows Magnitude of Harassment in the Workplace, Offers Workable Solutions