RetainNurses–Let Them Make Progress

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 20th, 2010

nurseworkingA new study suggests we focus too intently on the warm-and-fuzzy of recognition and reward instead of a bigger nurse value: progress.

Harvard Business Review published a multi-year study by Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer that tracked the daily activities, emotions, and motivations of hundreds of knowledge workers across a variety of professions. The managers overwhelmingly ranked “recognition” as the most important factor for employees. But Amabile and Kramer found that employees were happiest, most engaged, and motivated when they made headway in their jobs, or received support to remove obstacles. When obstacles got in their way, they felt , unmotivated and dissatisfied.

Their survey notes that when participants experienced progress in their jobs, 76% of them reported it as their best day.

Nurses want to make a difference. Supporting them to do so is one of the best nurse retention tools. To learn hundreds more, contact me. I want to help.

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