Direct care workers are an essential part of the long-term care’s future. What types of federal interventions are needed to support workers and enable them to thrive moving forward? A new report suggests solutions. Between 2019 and 2029, 7.4 million new jobs will be necessary to meet the growing demand for direct care workers in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). Add to the that 6.9 million openings created by workers transferring to other occupations or leaving the workforce altogether, and a serious workforce crisis is brewing. With worker shortages already causing challenges across the county, a significant federal investment in this workforce is desperately needed. A new report from PHI International identifies several opportunities for the government to support direct care professionals and attract more workers to the field. … [Read more...] about New Report Suggests Federal Policy Priorities for the Direct Care Workforce
How has the pandemic changed your employees and your organization? Now is the time to take stock and create the workplace of the future that everyone wants. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic changed us – as individuals, as workers, as employers, and as citizens. A recent survey of 14,000 people details the specifics of some of these changes and what impact they might have moving forward. … [Read more...] about From New Normal to Next Normal: Looking into the Post-Pandemic Crystal Ball
Can you ‘nudge’ employees into making better decisions or embracing change? According to some experts, you can. The ‘nudge,’ a concept that uses positive reimbursement and indirect suggestions to influence behavior and decision making, has made its way into the workplace. Used appropriately and ethically, it can lead to better decisions and improved employee satisfaction. … [Read more...] about A Little Nudge Can Result in Big Change
Working all the time not only blurs the line between work and personal life. It hurts morale and can kill productivity. Stress and burnout are more common than ever, and one main contributor is that workers are tethered to their phones 24/7. As a result, many feel that they’re never off the clock; and often managers and colleagues expect responses to emails and texts any time of the day or night. … [Read more...] about Think Twice Before You Send That Late Night Email
So let's all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 … [Read more...] about Celebrating International Women’s Day!
Diversity and inclusion need at be at the core of your organizational culture. How do you get there? And how do you stay there over time? Start your organizational journey to lasting diversity and inclusion by having those sometimes difficult conversations about inequities, racism, and related issues in your workplace. Then prepare to do the hard work to create lasting change. … [Read more...] about Ask Some Tough Questions to Start Your Path to Long-term Diversity, Inclusion
Racism has long been an issue in healthcare and other industries, but the pandemic brought this concern front and center and shined a light on its impact on our workforce. At the start of the 2020 Annual Summit of the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC) late last year, Larry Minnix, author, consultant, and former CEO of LeadingAge, shared a hard truth: “If you are a person of color, you are likely to get poorer quality of care, fewer choices. We have people providing care who aren’t getting adequate benefits or play. This is where we need to start.” … [Read more...] about Addressing Systemic Racism Is Key to Our Successful Future; and It Starts with You
Gaslighters use a mix of lies, denials, gossip, insults, and more to hurt others and advance their own devious goals. But you can stop them in their tracks. Jack is upset. At a meeting yesterday his boss put the blame on Jack’s team for a project being behind schedule. Jack confronts his boss, who denies the allegations and pretty much tells Jack he didn’t really hear what he heard. He suggests Jack is too sensitive; and he says he won’t hold Jack’s allegations against him or his team. Jack leaves the office frustrated and confused. This is classic gaslighting; and it can damage morale, engagement, motivation, and productivity at work; and it can lead to turnover. … [Read more...] about You’re Not Crazy: It’s Gaslighting
The government agency overseeing workplace safety reminds employers to promote measures to protect workers and others from exposure to COVID and the risk of spreading the virus. The holidays can be chaotic, particularly during challenging times like we’re currently experiencing. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent out a notice reminding employers about their responsibility to protect worker safety during the holidays. … [Read more...] about Put Happy and Safe Holidays on the Agenda
While you can’t celebrate the holidays with your employees in traditional ways, there are many creative options to spread joy, boost spirits, and say ‘thank you’ after a tough year. As COVID-19 rates surge throughout the country, medical experts and others are discouraging large gatherings such as parties. No doubt, you want to recognize the hard work of your teams and treat them to some fun and R&R; but you’ll have to find alternatives to traditional holiday parties. … [Read more...] about The Holiday Party’s Off. Now What?