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Study Finds Culture and Pride Matter Most to Healthcare Workers

Posted by  Bryan Warren

healthcare-culture-1Some hospitals ask us to start our re-design of their hiring processes at the front-line. It’s logical. Front-line staff - nursing, nursing assistants, medical assistants, and patient care technicians spend more time with patients than anyone and drive the patient experience.


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How Do Leadership Skills Impact Employee Engagement Scores?

Posted by  Bryan Warren

leadership-skills-employee-engagementOne of my favorite things to do is our leadership “Impact Sessions.” A group of leaders take Select Assessment® for Healthcare Leaders (SAHL), which measures 18 specific leadership behavioral traits. Then we meet to identify:

  1. The biggest challenges facing their hospital/system

  2. The biggest barriers to success – with a specific focus on how:

    1. The group works together

    2. Various levels of the organization work together

    3. Individual and behavioral strengths and weaknesses manifest themselves


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5 Common Themes of the Best Companies to Work, According to Employees

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

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It’s no secret that in today’s economy, it’s crucial to be an employer of choice. It’s a candidate’s market, so in order to hire top talent, you need to be a top company – somewhere that people want to work. Recently, Fortune partnered with Great Place to Work to determine the 100 Best Companies to Work For.  Over 315,000 employees provided feedback to determine the winners of the 2018 list. Below are some of the common themes among the companies that made them great.


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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Break Through the Rut & Stay Engaged at Work

Posted by  Bekah Regan

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Have you ever felt “dead” at work?  Going through the motions, rote processing, doing just enough to hit the numbers and meet the metrics rather than feeling energized, excited, or engaged at work?  Daniel Cable, Pittsburgh native and professor of Organisational Behavior at London Business School, knows how you feel.  Surprisingly though, Cable would not advise you to quit your job and find your dream job… at least, not immediately. 


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How to Measure Communication Skills in the Hiring Process

Posted by  Bryan Warren

communicationI don’t know that many healthcare professionals would immediately consider communication as being at the very top of the list of traditionally valued skills, but maybe that’s changing. It might be changing because in today’s complex healthcare world, all of the more traditionally valued skills are useless if you can’t communicate effectively.


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Organizations Thrive When Leaders Trust Their Employees

Posted by  Doug Wolf

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You can tell me what to do or how to do it, but not both. That’s a phrase I live by. It guides how I delegate and how I encourage others to delegate at Select International.

Micromanagers perplex me. First, absolutely no one enjoys working for a micromanager. Second, how is being a micromanager rewarding or productive?


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How to be an Employer of Choice: 4 Strategies

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

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When you're an employer of choice, job candidates are eager to work for you. Given the opportunity, candidates will choose to work for your organization over others. Your top talent is staying with your organization rather than moving to another. With the unemployment rate so low in today’s job market, it is now more important than ever to be an employer of choice. Job applicants have more options. You want candidates and your top talent to see your organization as their number one option for employment.


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HR’s Role After a Hospital Merger 

Posted by  Bryan Warren

hospital-merger.jpgThe Merger Wave

One (perhaps unintended) result of healthcare reform has been an explosion of hospital mergers.  In an effort to enhance care delivery efficiency and save costs, systems are merging.  The American Hospital Association reported 457 hospital mergers between 2010 and 2014.  In 2015, activity increased by 18% over 2014. 

Consolidation is a strategy used by an organization to achieve its goals – but is it effective?  Across all industries, despite high hopes by both parties, it’s not uncommon for neither to ultimately be thrilled with the outcome. By some estimates, more than 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve their strategic and financial objectives. 


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Do Your Goals Motivate and Engage Your Employees?

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

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The new year is here, and that means it’s time to set new goals – new year, new goals. Setting goals is a great and efficient way to engage your employees. It gives them direction and motivation as well as a clear frame of reference for success. However, not all goals are created equally. Some goals are more motivating than others. Below are four recommendations for how you can set motivating goals for your employees.


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How to Maintain Employee Engagement through a Stressful Holiday Season

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

iStock-626701138.jpgThe Holidays are meant for celebrating with your friends and family. They’re meant for lots of fun and laughs and the occasional overeating. However, the holiday season can also cause a lot of stress for your employees. One study conducted by Accenture found that 66% of respondents reported additional work stress during the holidays. During this time, they are facing multiple stressors from different facets of life. At work, they’re dealing with short timelines and year-end deadlines. At home, they are swiftly buying and wrapping gifts, while also anxiously preparing for their in-laws to visit. Oh, and let’s not forget that the holiday and flu seasons seem to correspond with one another. Adding all these stressors together leads to the perfect formula for overly stressed and/or burnt out employees.


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