Is it Time to Ditch your Traditional Year-end Performance Appraisals?

Is it Time to Ditch your Traditional Year-end Performance Appraisals?

Have you ever received or completed a performance evaluation that had no meaning or input regarding how you or your employee was actually performing? In the last ten years, organizational functions that are responsible for performance management and employee evaluations have taken a step back and re-evaluated their approaches to this process.

The Middle Child (Manager) Syndrome in Healthcare

The Middle Child (Manager) Syndrome in Healthcare

Are you a charge nurse? A Recruitment Manager? A laboratory head? Or do you know someone who is?

These are the leaders who are in the middle management. They are not CEO’s and directors. They are not staff either. But they stand somewhere in between these extreme levels in the hierarchy. While it’s true that being in the position carries with itself some prestige, honor and a pay grade higher than those of the staff, lives of middle managers aren’t at all that easy.

Empowering Healthcare Leaders with the Right Management Tools

Empowering Healthcare Leaders with the Right Management Tools

When you think of the word health care, what comes to mind?  I bet that there will be myriad answers.  Why? Because the health care as an industry is expansive.  Health care has always been a complex inter-weaving of providers, patients, consumers, regulations, and job-related functions from organizational shareholders within a company to employees completing direct task related job responsibilities.

Here’s a Symptom Checker for your Internal Communication System

Here’s a Symptom Checker for your Internal Communication System

 

Internal communication.

It is the web that holds everything in an organization together. Sending and receiving meaningful messages is integral to an organization as air is vital to human survival. It is the bottom line of all systems, processes, and workflows. It is the common connection that keeps people working together. Here's a symptom checker for your internal communication system to see where your organization stands.

Making Organizational Change? Prep Good with Collaboration Tools

Making Organizational Change? Prep Good with Collaboration Tools

There cannot be positive change unless a group of dedicated people act accordingly and work strongly towards a single vision. If we are to make one thing as a common denominator that would highly benefit transformation efforts, I would have to say look into the advantages of collaboration tools. What qualities should you be looking for in a collaboration tool? 

Doing Employee Recognition the Right Way

Doing Employee Recognition the Right Way

The power of employee recognition in achieving organizational excellence is universally recognized in many types of organizations. Recognition drives productivity and reinforces and rewards positive behaviors and outcomes. The primary purpose of employee recognition is to foster engagement and to see tasks and accomplishments that garnered credit repeatedly done over time. It creates a clear picture of the right culture that leads to the attainment of goals. Having recognition programs is not enough. There are ways on how to properly recognize employees. 

5 Qualities Your Healthcare Organization Can’t Do Without

5 Qualities Your Healthcare Organization Can’t Do Without

Working in the healthcare industry is a big challenge. But what makes having a job in this industry extra special? The dynamism and hypercomplexity of healthcare organizations are major factors. Know about the qualities needed to become a high-reliability organization amidst these challenges.

Bringing Home the Effects of Workplace Bullying: The Impact on the Family

Bringing Home the Effects of Workplace Bullying: The Impact on the Family

Most of us in the workforce have been in a situation where bullying has taken place. We either stood as a witness, as a confidante or have been the victim ourselves. Bullying is very much apparent in the workplace with a whopping national prevalence of 72% of the workers being in the know-how that bullying happens. The wreckage it brings doesn’t end in the workplace. The target, physically and psychologically tormented, brings his ordeal home with him.

Does Forgiveness have a Place at Work? Going Beyond the Cliché

Does Forgiveness have a Place at Work? Going Beyond the Cliché

As adults, we may have marveled at how young children fight each other one minute and then become the best of friends the next as if nothing ever happened. In our relationships at home and at work, we wonder if we can take forgiveness in this simplest form like children do, and carry on with our tasks with the same unwavering enthusiasm as we have before the conflict. Is there a place for forgiveness at work?

High-Reliability Level: Low!

High-Reliability Level: Low!

Employee engagement is a much-celebrated word in HR today. Many studies attest to its power to transform an organization and achieve goals. At the other end of the workforce pole, is disengagement. What are the causes and effects of disengagement? Are healthcare organizations prepared to pay the hefty price of failing to engage employees?

Lessons from the Theranos Saga – Part 2

Lessons from the Theranos Saga – Part 2

The Theranos saga is a story of an organization that went through a period of unprecedented success for more than ten years only to experience a very sharp decline in less than a year. The sudden turn of events led to the closure of most of its firms. While the internet feasted on its intriguing story, many organizations looked into why the downfall happened and extracted valuable lessons that could help prevent similar incidences in the future.

Lessons from the Theranos Saga– Part I

Lessons from the Theranos Saga– Part I

Just this year, the story of Theranos, the diagnostic tech giant’s saga has been in the headlines of major outlets. It also became viral news on the internet. For those of you who have been too busy to notice, here’s a short account of how this company made it to the top stories of this year. 

Meeting Unmet Nurse-Team Communication Needs

Meeting Unmet Nurse-Team Communication Needs

The healthcare delivery system must have a more strategic communication system designed to give immediate feedback. In most organizations, efforts are already in place or are underway to improve communication and collaboration through the use of the latest technology available. But the question is, are they specifically meeting nurses’ needs? 

How to Become a High-Reliability Organization in Healthcare in 5 ways

How to Become a High-Reliability Organization in Healthcare in 5 ways

As a leader in healthcare transformation for many years, I often wonder why the healthcare industry lags behind the aviation industry or the car manufacturing companies when it comes to strategies to becoming high-reliability organizations. These industries’ drive to perfection and peak efficiency while maintaining safety is recognized worldwide by all other industries. They do it so well, it makes me think what prevents us from becoming so, and what processes do we need to be like them.