Archive: Employee Engagement

Burnout Isn’t a Personal Defect

Burnout in healthcare was on the rise prior to COVID, now the pandemic has shined a bright light on a growing problem.  Years ago, I worked for someone who confidently declared, “Burnout is a choice.” My thought then and now is ...

Welcome Back – Let’s Normalize the Career Break

This morning I was reading an article in Harvard Business Review about the importance of employers normalizing a career break. This makes such good sense, especially for nurses and other caregivers who are questioning a career change after a grueling ...

Great Coaches are Coached Themselves

One of the keys to great leadership is having good coaching skills. The problem is many newly minted managers and supervisors lack these skills. Healthcare organizations, in particular, often have good intentions for development, but never bring them to fruition. ...

Be the leader nobody wants to leave

That’s a hefty order. I recently conducted in-depth interviews with CNOs from across the country. During the interviews, the majority said that weak leadership at the department level is a major part of the problem. Most said that it stems ...

Nurses Leave Their Managers, Not Their Jobs

Turnover is costly in every profession, but in nursing it takes its toll. Not only financially, but it affects quality, safety, and service.  The 2020 NSI National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Report, found that the average cost per ...

3 Ways to Keep Millennial Employees Engaged

It’s not unusual to hear Boomer leaders lamenting about how quickly Millennial workers leave positions for new opportunities. The truth is, these are two very different generations with very different life experiences. Rather than disparaging the entire Millennial workforce, it’s ...

Get Ready for Recovery

Posted by Kristin Baird While healthcare grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, it’s difficult to focus on anything else. At the same time, it is important that leaders begin thinking about, and preparing for, the inevitable recovery period that will follow.  Burnout Prior to ...

Are you telling employees they are disposable?

Posted by Kristin Baird Every leader knows the importance of employee engagement. Without engagement, you won’t be able to deliver the safe, high-quality care you promise. Engagement requires that employees feel valued, appreciated, and secure. At the same time, business decisions, ...

Your Nurses Aren’t Whining – They’re Warning

Posted by Kristin Baird Patient experience happens during multiple moments of truth, but none are as vital as those happening at the bedside between the patient and nurse. Not long ago, I interviewed members of the senior executive team and the CFO ...