Support Resources for Staff in Need
Our workforce today often faces challenges and complications in their personal lives. Research by the National Human Services Assembly suggests that staff who have stable family lives are more effective at work, as they are able to focus on work without personal distractions or stress. The Bridging the Gap Toolkit assists organizations in implementing supports that are meaningful to staff in your organization.
The study suggests that it is necessary for organizations to implement practices that support their staff in these personal challenges, particularly for their lower-wage workers. This can positively impact staff by allowing them to focus at work and can reduce concerns like absenteeism, burnout and turnover. Cost savings are recognized by organizations who impact absenteeism and turnover.
Supportive practices include:
- Flexible schedules
- Safety and wellness promotion
- Referrals to community resources
- Provision of meals at work, or take-home meal options
- Financial advisement
- Personal goal setting
- Child or eldercare resources
- Transportation assistance
- Encouragement to balance work and personal lives
LeadingAge Minnesota offers a Community Supports Resource that can guide staff to many community resources that may provide solutions to their challenges or needs. This important tool provides managers, supervisors and leaders the ability to provide referrals as appropriate.