Nurse Retention: GenX Our Next Leaders

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 6th, 2016

Soon Baby Boomers will be retiring en masse, taking their lifetimes of knowledge and experience with them. There’s lots written about tapping the Gen Y (Millennials) to replace them in the workforce, with too little attention given to Gen X and the many assets this dedicated generation can bring.

GenX nurse retentionContrary to some of their mis-labels, Gen Xers, those born between 1965 and 1980, are the most engaged employees in today’s workforce. In fact 52% of executives in a recent global poll said as much, compared to 23% saying they see Boomers as the most invested in their jobs.

So, what can employers do to recruit and retain these hard workers?

According to the survey, feeling they have “the ability to make a difference in the organization” was most important to 39% of Gen X-age employees. Only 16%  cited  “job stability.”

In terms of retention, 41% said experiencing “a sense of pride in their work” was what kept Gen Xers in their current jobs, with just 24% valuing “financial stability” most.

This generation is our next leaders. To learn how to recruit and retain nurses, visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today to discuss implementing this powerful program at your facility.

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