How to Retain Your Superstar Staff

Nowadays, in the healthcare industry, job turnover is higher than ever.  A study by Compdata Surveys, found the average turnover in healthcare jobs in 2017 was 20.6%, which is a frightening figure for facilities. Healthcare professionals have vast amounts of job opportunities available to them. This drives turnover and forces healthcare facilities to compete with each other to source and retain talent. So, how do you retain your superstar employees? We’ve got the answers!

How to Retain Your Superstar Staff
How to Retain Your Superstar Staff

Create a Positive Culture

Your employees want to work at a place that shares an interest in their own values and goals. Show your employees that you care about what they care about. Lead your staff to reaching a shared goal, and have fun with them on the journey!

Give Extra Job Benefits

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Bring free snacks and drinks into the office. Offer half days occasionally. These extra benefits cost little to you, and have a large payoff! Employees will come to work motivated and eager to work.

Develop Relationships With Employees

Each one of your employees has a life outside of work. Celebrate their birthdays, engagements, and other exciting events! If your employees are going through tough times personally, make sure to acknowledge that and try to accommodate their needs to the best of your ability.

Show Your Appreciation

Recognize the little accomplishments. This will inspire your staff to keep pushing to achieve your company’s big goals. People enjoy working for companies that value their employees’ hard work and dedication.

Prevent Burnout Before it Happens

Overworking your staff is not effective in the long run. Burnout prevents your staff from performing at their very best. Make sure you’re providing your staff with the opportunity to get the proper rest that they need. One way to do this is to utilize supplemental staffing services.

Be Open to Feedback

Let your employees speak from their point of view. This will be extremely helpful to you because it will let you know what’s working out, and what’s not.

With these efforts, you’ll prevent the high costs of turnover, sourcing, and hiring. Your staff goes above and beyond to give your patients a positive experience, so give them the job experience that they desire! It’s a win-win for everybody!

 

Safety Tips For Winter

While it is important to practice safety year-round, winter is crucial. Snow and ice can cause falls, driving difficulties, and even health issues. Once the holidays have ended, winter enters its darkest and coldest months. January and February can contain snow, harsh winds, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are some of our favorite winter tips to help protect you from the elements.

Winter Safety

Safety Tips for Winter

1.) Travel Safety

One of the best parts about working per diem is the change of location. You are able to get a change of scenery and are faced with different tasks every day. While traveling does have its benefits, it can become a little more challenging in the winter. Depending on your travel preferences, your job location may change from day to day. When driving in poor weather conditions, it is important to stay alert. Pay attention to your surroundings, as well as to others who are on the road. Drive slowly; everything takes more time in the snow (stopping, making turns, even accelerating.) You do not want lose control of the vehicle on a slipper surface. Make sure that your tires have enough tread on them and are properly inflated. Click here to see more tips about how to drive safely in the snow.

 

2.) Pack Your Car for Winter

Snow in New England is like sunshine in Florida; it will happen. Make sure you have a snow brush somewhere in case a surprise snow storm comes. Also, it is a good idea to keep some rock salt, sand, or cat litter in your trunk. If your tires get stuck in the snow, these items will help. Just spread some around your tires to help melt the snow. As an added bonus, keeping these heavy bags in your trunk can help you to gain traction if you should get stuck. As mentioned previously, it is also smart to keep some warm clothes in your car. An extra hat, coat, gloves, sweatshirt, or even a blanket can be helpful. If your car gets stuck anywhere, these items will help you to stay warm while you are waiting for help.

 

3.) Bundle Up

While this probably goes without saying, it is important to stay warm. Whether you are heading out for an early morning shift, or coming home from a late shift, it is going to be freezing outside. Be sure to wear layers. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep extra layers in your car or your work bag. This way, you have access to extra clothing just in case you need it. If you are placed in a facility where the temperatures are cold, or if you are waiting for public transportation, you will have extra clothing in case you need it.

 

4.) Practice Shoveling Safety

Similar to our blog on Leaf Raking, form is very important. If possible, try to push the snow rather than lift and toss it. If you do have to lift the snow, remember to lift heavy loads with your knees and not your back. Pulling the snow up with your back can cause muscle strain and pain. Remember to take frequent breaks and re-hydrate often. It may be tempting to shovel out everything all at once, but it is important to give the body time to rest. Overworking yourself can cause pain, exhaustion, and dehydration.

 

Winters in New England can be very beautiful; the snow-covered trees, the white mountain tops, and the sparkling winter snow are unique to this area. When you practice these winter safety tips, you will be able to enjoy the season to its fullest extent.

Nurse Humor That Will Brighten Up Your Winter

Winter is a drag in New England. With the combination of wind, snow, and below freezing temps, it’s difficult to go out and enjoy weekends and days off, especially if you have a crazy schedule. Why not stay inside and curl up on the couch instead?! Here’s some nurse humor related to all things winter and snow to entertain you while you stay inside and avoid the blistering cold!

When you wake up for your shift and see three feet of snow on the ground….Don’t we wish Alexa was this competent?

Nurse Humor #1
Nurse Humor #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who says you have to do anything on your days of?! Cold weather = pajamas by 7 pm.

Nurse Humor #2
Nurse Humor #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing everything in your power to avoid getting sick this year when you work in healthcare…

Nurse Humor #3
Nurse Humor #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definitely not safe! We don’t condone this!

Nurse Humor #4
Nurse Humor #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The joy of working long hours in the winter!

Nurse Humor #5
Nurse Humor #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nowadays, people are hitting the gym to achieve their New Years’ resolutions. Nurses don’t need a gym to achieve theirs.

Nurse Humor #6
Nurse Humor #6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is getting out of bed in the winter so tough?! Just five more minutes…

Nurse Humor #7
Nurse Humor #7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This season always causes a jump in census. Northeast Med Staff makes sure facilities are prepared.

Nurse Humor #8
Nurse Humor #8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow, sleet, rain…nurses have to brace them all! Make sure to be safe on your commutes this season!

Nurse Humor #9
Nurse Humor #9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime laughter is the best medicine! Continue to treat yourself to some laughs this season, and brighten up your winter! Nurses and nurse aides must continue to do their jobs even in the worst of weather! You deserve some extra TLC and joy!

Make sure to stay up to date on the Northeast Med Staff blog this season, we’ll be updating it weekly!