What would make you happy?...employee satisfaction - page 4

I've been asked to sit on the employee satisfaction committee at the hospital where I work, and I'd just like to get an idea of some of the measures taken by other facilities around the country re:... Read More

  1. by   widi96
    The setting has a lot to do with it. I used to float and always liked going to 4E around ANY holiday because they always decorated and made it a very welcoming environment.
  2. by   JBudd
    Here's a peeve of mine, our hospital does "Hospital Worker's Week". God forbid you should acknowledge nurses are a special group! National Nurses Week is shared with everyone, because we are "a team". As much as I appreciate (and I do!) our secretaries and techs, I think Nurse's Week should be for nurses. And secretaries on Nat. Sec. Day, etc.

    And no cheesy cheap keyrings: the best gifts I've received over the years were scissors, or a really sturdy tote bag (with hospital logo of course). Those were a long time ago.

    Good things my hospital does: gift certificate on your birthday to the cafeteria (we actually have good food);
    admin comes in and serves a special meal on holidays, including nights;
    the grill is open for a few hours at night, (despite supposedly losing money on it, night satisfaction is up);
    automatic time and a half when the ns/pt ratio is below norm for those having to carry the extra load (everyone on the floor, aides, techs, scy and nurses);
    automatic time and a half plus hourly bonus for any extra shifts picked up (last two are union negotiated).
    Staff meetings held two or three times, once at change of shift at 0700, another mid afternoon around 1500. Who says they all have to have "everyone" there all at once?
    If the scy. shift isn't covered or coverable by another secretary, a nurse can pick time by being scy. at her own wages (see above for picking up extra time) because our manager knows how important having a scy. is. (The supervisor, and all 5 ED docs, plus my fellow nurses all thanked me frequently last week and today when I pulled extra hours that way).
    Last edit by JBudd on Sep 14, '06
  3. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from JBudd
    automatic time and a half when the ns/pt ratio is below norm for those having to carry the extra load (everyone on the floor, aides, techs, scy and nurses);

    automatic time and a half plus hourly bonus for any extra shifts picked up

    If the scy. shift isn't covered or coverable by another secretary, a nurse can pick time by being scy. at her own wages

    These are fantastic ideas!! I'll pass them along to my bosses. We currently use an incentive reward system, but it's one of those that look easy on paper, but complicated to administer.
  4. by   crb613
    Quote from natsfanrn
    I've been asked to sit on the employee satisfaction committee at the hospital where I work, and I'd just like to get an idea of some of the measures taken by other facilities around the country re: ways of improving employee morale. Not the obvious (more money, better benefits, better ratios), but other things your hospital/LTC/etc does (or that you wish it did) to make you happier at work. TIA!
    You must consider the obvious.....skirting the issue is the problem. You have to fix what is broken first....then the fluff would show appreciation!
  5. by   Tweety
    I don't need nurses week, presents, or even much recognition at all.

    SAFE RATIOS!

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