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Posts from May, 2015

Want to Reduce Healthcare Costs? Care for Your Employees

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 28th, 2015

save hospitals moneyPoor health habits impose a heavy toll on employers in the form of higher healthcare costs, increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. Research proves that when employees are healthier, they perform at peak levels.

Employers must build workplace cultures where participating in healthy activities are positively reinforced. Employers with workplace health management programs save money. Helping employees with the highest costs manage their health more effectively, reduces overall healthcare expenses. And rewarding employees who are already engaged in healthy activities, prevents increased costs.

Workplace health management programs are good for employees—and for the bottom line. By integrating wellness goals into the workplace and giving employees the tools they need to succeed, employers can change their corporate culture for the better; generating positive, sustainable results for individuals and the company.

To learn how to create a healthy work culture that increases patient satisfaction and nurse engagement, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™.

Nursing (Once Again) Rated as Most Trusted Profession

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 26th, 2015

Nurse Retention: Improve Employee Health and Productivity

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 21st, 2015

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACompanies are instituting various health programs aimed at enhancing the quality of life and productivity of their employees, and reducing costs. Such programs are also tied to increased nurse retention and nurse recruitment.

Although these kinds of programs encourage employee fitness and health, Cornell University marketing professor Brian Wansink says that too often “wellness programs are like New Year’s resolutions: They’re enthusiastic and bold, but they never seem to deliver.” Wansink’s solution is to make healthy choices the default choices for employees.

He prefers commonsense and easily implementable ideas such as putting free fruit in break rooms instead of donuts; signs that give the number of calories on vending machine choices and loading the least-healthy options in the lowest slots of the machines; and making salad the standard side dish and offering half-size dessert portions in cafeterias.

Wansink has conducted research over the past quarter-century, most recently at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, where he serves as director.

In one study, Wansink discovered that moviegoers not only ate less when snacks were packaged in smaller bags, but that more than half of the subjects said they would willingly pay 20% more for the smaller packages!One idea in his book Slim by Design is to improve the health of employees by making 10% percent of manager’s pay contingent on improving the health of the employees he or she supervises. He reminds us that healthy employees are good for business. “Fewer sick days, fewer medications, and fewer heart attacks,” says Wansink.

What can you do to improve the health of your employees and retain your nurses? To learn the best strategy to increase nurse engagement, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to discuss this plan with minimal implementation for nurse leadership.

Nurse Recruitment: Nurse Graduates Getting Jobs

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 19th, 2015

Healthy Work Environments Improve Patient Outcomes and Reimbursements

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 14th, 2015

Because many people spend more than one-third of their waking hours at their jobs, it is no surprise that work environments have a significant impact on their lives. There has been an abundance of research in recent years analyzing the effects of a healthy work environment on nurses and on the people they serve.

increase patient satisfactionFor nurses, a healthy work environment correlates with good physical, mental, and spiritual health, positive relationships, and positive perception of work-life balance. In addition to these personal benefits, healthy environments also provide enhanced job satisfaction, increased professional development opportunities, and increased participation in work-related decisions.

Research proves that healthy work environments for nurses positively impact patient outcomes. Patients cared for by healthy nurses had fewer pressure ulcers, improved pain management, decreased falls, decreased mortality and increased satisfaction with care received.

Healthy work environments create healthy care environments. It is clear (and evidence-based) that the impacts are far-reaching. The benefits extend well beyond the caregiver, affecting patients and their families.

To create healthy work environments that encourage work life balance, visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to discuss this plan with minimal implementation for nurse leadership.

What Do Healthcare Workers Really Want from Employers?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 12th, 2015

Happy Nurses Week!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 7th, 2015

 

Promote Employee Engagement with Wellness

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 5th, 2015

Some companies are skeptical of the importance of well-being at the office because of the misconception that focusing on well-being interrupts work time and doesn’t affect key outcomes.

This is a mistake. Well-being is the catalyst to cultivate employee engagement and thriving employees who perform at their best every day. Gallup’s research reveals that when companies add a well-being focus to their engagement program, productivity soars!

employee engagementEngagement alone has been shown to have a positive relationship with employees’ health outcomes. At one large insurance company Gallup studied, workgroups with high employee engagement had 8% fewer unhealthy days than average over a six-month period. But workgroups that were engaged and thriving in their well-being had 38% fewer unhealthy days, proving the added benefit of a well-being focus.

The data proved that focusing on employee engagement and well-being together helps companies maximize productivity.

To learn how to increase employee engagement, well-being, and productivity visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Let’s talk about how we can easily implement this powerful program at your workplace – contact me today!