Every health care organization, from the smallest skilled nursing facility to the largest hospital system, has a vision statement and code of ethical and professional conduct designed to communicate and support the organization’s mission. The challenge for many administrators is translating these concepts into an active, positive culture that benefits their employees and the people they serve.
Hospitals and long term facilities spend significant amounts of money and time creating a positive culture within the organization because management knows that a positive culture impacts on quality of care and patient and staff satisfaction. At times, however, maintaining a supportive workplace can hit obstacles. It is important for leaders to continually reinforce ideals affirming the mission of the organization, and, more importantly, demonstrate them through example.”
Another significant factor in supporting a positive culture was identified by employees who worked for companies who were chosen as Best Companies to Work for in Healthcare. 87% of the employees responded that an important factor in creating a great place to work is that employees are treated as people, not numbers. They also valued accountable leadership and clear communication.
Additional elements that reinforce a supportive work environment occur when employees are given the opportunity to:
Do good work.
Understand strategic direction and financial performance.
Have a voice in decisions that affect them.
While all these factors are major players in building and maintaining a great culture, a huge influence on the way an organization functions lies squarely on the people hired into its workforce. It is critical, but not easy, that employees added to the organization will contribute to the culture in a supportive manner rather than detract in a negative way…hiring for culture.
If you want a professional to help you hire employees who fit your culture in a positive way, contact us at www.pprts.com. We have provided candidates to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long term care facilities that truly “fit” with the organization.