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Ways to Revamp Work Practices for Nurses to Increase Job Satisfaction

The number of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to expand from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. These new nurses will be from a younger generation with fairly different beliefs and expectations. So surveys for nurses over working practices will only be successful if the right questions are asked. To ask the right questions, there will need to be increased engagement between management and nursing staff. One way to do this is by using weekly or biweekly surveys to ask nurses short questions about workplace practices. You will also need to give them a chance to give feedback anonymously.


Recognition in the workplace

The first thing you should consider when surveying nurses is the kind of recognition you offer for exemplary behavior or work ethic. Formally or informally acknowledging a person’s or team’s behavior, effort or actions that benefit or support an organization, helps employees feel appreciated. In fact, 36% of employees say that the main reason why they leave their job is because of lack of recognition, according to a recent study by Achievers. So in your survey you should ask the nurses questions about what type of recognition they think is appropriate for them, and what type of actions or behavior should warrant recognition.

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3 Luxury Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Employees

As a business owner, you likely spend a great deal of time at the office and doing everything you can to ensure your customers are always happy. Of course, there's a dedicated team of people who assist in this endeavor and are right in the thick of things alongside you: your hard-working employees. 

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, you'll no doubt want to do something to reward and thank your employees for their ongoing dedication and loyalty. And since you all spend so much time at work, you may want to focus on giving gifts that your valued employees can put to good use and enjoy while they're on the job. With that in mind, these three gift ideas are sure to put a smile on your employees’ faces this holiday season, while also helping to showcase your genuine appreciation for their hard work.

 

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How to Give Gifts to Your Employees That Actually Matter

If you’re an HR manager or the head of a company, you’ve likely given some thought to rewarding your employees. After all, giving gifts and offering perks to the most hardworking individuals on your team is a surefire way to improve morale, increase retention and make your team members feel appreciated. But sometimes company gifts fall short. Not all employees get excited about receiving a new computer mouse, a coffee shop gift card or even a watch. The art of making gifts meaningful is approaching them thoughtfully, and designing them based on the recipient’s personality type. So here’s a quick guide to get your wheels turning about how to properly pat your best staff members on the back.

 

 
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What Drives Employees To Perform? Part 4


As our 10-part series continues, Robert Gray, President of Insightlink Communications identifies the 5th top driver of employee engagement according to Survey of the American Workforce, a recently completed national survey conducted annually by Insightlink.

Enjoying what you do was found to be the number one driver and the single most important motivator of job satisfaction in the US today. The 5th most important driver is Reward and Recognition and this it turns out, is the one nearly every employer blows. Fewer than four-in-ten employees give employers high marks for reward and recognition.

Still, a number of employers understand the importance of awards and incentives that highlight, validate and value outstanding work. Such programs keep employees motivated and are effective methods of reinforcing corporate expectations and objectives. To this end, research suggests that formally recognizing between 5 percent and 8 percent of a workforce every week is the tipping point between a forgettable recognition program and one that becomes strategic to the organization.

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Show Employees Appreciation And Retain Top Talent With These Five Perks

When asked about the most important factor in job satisfaction in a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 72 percent of respondents agreed that respectful treatment of all employees is paramount. When considering your company's benefits, respect should be a common theme as well. Here are five perks to show your team that you respect them and value their hard work so you can retain top talent for the long haul.

Education Subsidies

Your employees' education doesn't just help them, it benefits the company, too. Encourage all employees to advance their skills with continued education. Whether it's taking a single class or earning a Master's degree or doctorate, your company should encourage employees to seek out more knowledge in order to get maximum fulfillment on the job. By subsidizing education costs, your employees can also feel more respected and valued.

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Beyond Cash: 4 Creative Ways to Reward Your Team

 Employees who work in a recognition-focused company are five times more likely to feel valued and eleven times more likely to feel committed to their jobs and organization's mission, according to best-selling author Bob Nelson. But if you think there’s not a budget for recognition programs and incentives, think again. Cash actually does little to motivate employees to work harder.

 A Harvard Business Review article looked at the research on employee incentives and discovered a promise for a gift-wrapped water bottle actually increased worker productivity by 25 percent. Meanwhile, an offer for an attractive cash bonus did nothing to speed-up productivity or efficiency in another group.

 Recognition programs do more than just motivate employees. They can also help retain top talent and create a more dedicated workplace. Taking cash out of the employee incentive equation can actually generate more buzz about your perks and energize your workplace. Get creative with your offerings and regularly solicit feedback from your employees to figure out what works best. Here are some ideas to get started.

 

 

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The Best Employee Perk Imaginable

When CEO’s get it right we can’t help ourselves, we have to shout out to them! This week our shout out goes to Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Group for his remarkable new job perk announcement.In a landmark move to show his support and commitment to his employees, he is offering new fathers, and mothers, who have been with the company at least 4 years, the opportunity to take one year off of work to go be dads and moms while Virgin pays their salary in full.

This latest move, described as ‘unimaginable’, positions Branson at the top of our most respected CEO’s because he clearly understands the employer employee relationship. He gets that when employees feel that their employer really cares about them, they respond by being the best employees any CEO could ask for. It is a 100% win-win situation.

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Employee Retention Does Not Have To Be So Hard

Just Look at What You've Got!

What kind of company hires outsiders instead of promoting from within? Maybe not a good one but that doesn’t stop many companies from doing it. Why would anyone who values their employees think this is a good idea and what message are they sending to those employees? To be passed over is damaging in so many ways but it especially damages morale, trust and company culture. Many business leaders fail to see how harmful this practice is and how employees interpret it to mean ‘somebody from the outside is better than anybody on the inside’. This is demoralizing to say the least.


John Hoolon from TLNT recently reviewed a study released by Lee Hecht Harrison that explored why organizations are missing the opportunity to hire from within. The study confirmed that many companies have pipeline problems, as a third of employers think that their internal talent pipeline is poor or non-existent, and only 4 percent think that their talent pipeline is excellent. This might explain why so many go outside rather than promoting from within. Yet Hoolon points out that only half of talent managers have regular informal conversations with their employees about their future with the company. This suggests that employees have good reason to become restless because their managers ‘simply aren’t spending enough time talking to their people about where their careers are going’.

 

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Celebrating Employee Birthdays Can Build or Bust Morale

Should We Celebrate or Not?

Would you sue your workplace for saying you were ‘over the hill’ on your birthday? Some people have sued, so while celebrating employee birthdays is one way to show your staff they are appreciated and valued, you have to do it with care. In a recent SHRM article, titled ‘To Celebrate Birthdays at Work or Not?’ all the little do’s and don’ts to planning office birthday parties are provided to help us make sure we are recognizing our employees without risk of offending or discriminating against anyone. There were also some great ideas and ways to celebrate employees who are open to some recognition on their special day.

 

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Good Leaders Focus on the Positive

Acknowledging Contribution is the 6th 'C' of Employee Engagement

As our most recent employee norms study showed, only about half of all employees are actively engaged in and committed to their jobs. Most employees have ‘checked out’. The reality is that organizations that do a better job of engaging their employees are more productive and therefore more successful and one of the simplest and most effective ways to engage people is to demonstrate and acknowledge how others are contributing to their organizations success. When employees see that their effort matters, they are more likely to be inspired to do a good job.

 

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