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Establishing a Peer Mentor Program

On August 13, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Mentor programs offer an important opportunity for staff to develop positive relationships, interact with friends at work, receive the peer support needed to succeed in a job, and increase meaning and purpose in their day. Beyond that, mentor programs have been proven to positively impact team member retention and satisfaction in all departments.  

How Well Do You Know Your Team?

On August 6, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”  -Dale Carnegie. Yet one thing we hear periodically on staff satisfaction surveys is, “my supervisor doesn’t even know my name.” 

Accepting Feedback from Staff is Important

On July 30, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Whether you hang a whiteboard in a break room, create an online forum on your organization’s intranet, or establish a staff-focused Facebook page, consider giving staff a modern forum to express their ideas, suggestions and opinions. 

Host a Staff Focus Group

On July 24, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Hosting a focus group allows leaders to hear from a select group of staff about a specific topic.   

Staff Rounding: Managing by Walking Around

On July 16, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

In Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference, Quint Studer says “rounding” is about engaging in direct conversation with staff, asking pointed questions and role modeling specific behaviors. Sometimes this is also referred to as “managing by walking around.”  

Bring Staff Together: Host All Staff Meetings

On July 10, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

An all staff meeting is a great opportunity to communicate and listen, allowing everyone to hear the same information at the same time.  

Conduct Stay Interviews with Your Team

On July 2, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Stay Interviews are a great way to connect with staff. These structured conversations can help leaders touch base with new staff to ensure the onboarding process is a positive experience and also be used with long-standing staff to find out what your organization does well. What keeps loyal staff coming back each day?  

Learning Circles Promote Staff Engagement

On June 23, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Promote engagement and interactive learning by hosting a learning circle with a variety of teams in your organization.  

Move Beyond Orientation Check Boxes

On June 11, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Is it time to move beyond your checkbox-driven orientation to an engaging onboarding experience? 

Engagement Leads to Retention

On May 29, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Engaging with your staff is an essential way to empower your team, promote a sense of value and to retain your staff. We know that staff who are engaged have higher job satisfaction, show enthusiasm for their work and improve outcomes within your organization.
LeadingAge Minnesota offers a free, web-based toolkit to help boost your ability to engage with staff. 

Create an Inclusive Hiring Process

On May 14, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Direct care staff have opinions that matter! When frontline staff know that they will be responsible for training new team members, they are often invested in the people who get hired in the first place and become more invested in the training process. Empower your team by training and including frontline staff in the interview process. 

Spice Up Staff Perks

On May 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Many companies have gotten creative with their employee benefits as a way of recruiting, rewarding and retaining staff. Tech companies, in particular, have a reputation for working some fun into the work-lives of their teams. 

HWS Survey Shows Mixed Results in Workforce Indicators

On April 24, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

Our recent Housing with Services (HWS) legislative survey shows mixed results on the key workforce indicators we track annually. While employee vacancy rates declined for all HWS staff, employee turnover rose dramatically for home care aides. 

Deadline Approaching for HCBS Scholarship Grants

On April 2, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Reminder: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is currently accepting applications for the bonus round of the HCBS Scholarship Grant. The application deadline is April 19. You can find the application here.

Summer Health Care Internship Program: Employer Applications Due April 12

On March 6, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Employer applications are being accepted for the 2019 Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP). Hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, home care providers and adult day services facilities are encouraged to participate on behalf of qualified students in their community.  

HCBS Scholarship Applications – Bonus Round Opens

On March 6, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

It’s Careers in Aging Week, and we just received great and timley news from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to help with your recruitment and retention efforts -- a bonus round of the HCBS Scholarship Grant. There is approximately $360,000 to distribute. The application deadline is April 19. You can find the application here.   

Free Recruitment Tools

On September 11, 2018 by Jenna Kellerman

More than 350 senior living professionals have signed on as Senior Living Works Ambassadors! Will you be next? 

Care Center Employee Retention Unchanged in 2017

On September 4, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

Attracting and retaining employees has been a significant challenge in recent years, and retention rates are a key indicator of the ability of care centers to meet staffing needs in a competitive labor market and to provide the continuity of care that is necessary for good client outcomes. In 2017, retention was relatively good news in that the gains that occurred in 2016 were maintained in the most recent year. 

Become a Senior Living Works Ambassador

On August 7, 2018 by Guest Contributor

More than 350 senior living professionals have signed on as Senior Living Works Ambassadors! Will you be next? 

Out of Reach: Wages Don’t Support Housing Needs for Senior Living Workers

On June 19, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Jobs in senior living and care centers will continue to be among the fastest-growing types over the next decade, but wages continue to be a barrier to staff recruitment and retention. 

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