Using love languages to build a culture of appreciation and recognition.
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by Renee Thompson
1w ago
You may be familiar with Gary Chapman’s book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People.“ Gary introduces the idea that individuals have distinct ways of expressing and receiving love, with each person having a primary love language. When considering these principles in the context of fostering a positive work culture and acknowledging contributions, it becomes evident that we each have a preferred manner of recognition for our efforts. This insight could be applied to the work culture, especially in February, often associated with expres ..read more
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3 Key Ingredients to Hardwire and Sustain a Healthy Workforce Culture
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by Renee Thompson
1M ago
In the complex world of healthcare leadership today, there’s no shortage of challenges. From spearheading cultural shifts and securing committed leadership to grappling with ongoing workforce shortages and managing disruptive behaviors, it’s a demanding landscape. The stress associated with their roles further complicates matters. It’s clear that addressing these challenges goes beyond a mere workshop or a strategic plan checkbox that’s forgotten once created. Effectively navigating these issues to ensure a healthy workforce culture demands a comprehensive approach, involving well-crafted orga ..read more
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Healthy Workforce Top Articles and Podcasts from 2023
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by Renee Thompson
2M ago
It’s almost time to scratch another year off our list. Hopefully, most of you are ending this year better than you did last year and no doubt, better than the two years before.  As we wrap up this year, we’d like to share our top articles and podcasts; resources, and a few other goodies with you. Healthy Workforce’s Top Articles in 2023 I’ve been blogging and writing articles since I started this company in 2011. While writing is NOT my favorite thing to do (I’m a better speaker than a writer), I still love writing my blog articles because as I write them, I pretend that I’m sitting in my ..read more
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A Key Strategy to Create and Sustain a Great Culture
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by Renee Thompson
3M ago
CULTURE. If you are anyone working in healthcare, you’ve been hearing that word a lot. It seems to be the current buzz word. Every other day there’s a new study, report, article – you name it – revealing the “shocking effects” of toxic cultures on human beings and how leaders, executives, organizations, etc., need to focus on creating healthy work cultures. But what does that even mean? What is a great culture? I’ll tell you what culture is NOT. Culture is not about the fluff. It’s not about the soft and gooey. Culture IS about how employees behave and interact with each other based on the org ..read more
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Confronting Bullying: The Who, What, and When
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by Renee Thompson
4M ago
Bullying, incivility, disrespectful communication, rudeness, and cruelty are on the rise in healthcare.  It’s sad but true. To make matters worse, because we’re currently in a major staffing crisis, leaders are even more reluctant to confront bad behavior because the mindset is, well, a bad nurse is better than no nurse. That’s faulty thinking on so many levels. And, often, leaders aren’t sure who they should confront, how to confront them, and when is the best time. So, they do what’s more comfortable – they do nothing. It’s time we get crystal clear on confronting bullying, incivility ..read more
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Strategies to Overcoming Leadership Burnout
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by Renee Thompson
5M ago
For the past three years we have been working exclusively with healthcare leaders to avoid burnout, advance in the face of adversity, and live thriving personal and professional lives. While burnout has been an issue in healthcare for decades, the pandemic has escalated burnout both in practice and academic settings. Overcoming leadership burnout is a priority in today’s complex healthcare world. After all, leaders have important work to do and need to be their best selves at work AND at home. Hello, we are guest blogging for our friend and colleague, Dr Renee Thompson. We are Dr Tracy Christo ..read more
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11 Books Every Leader Should Read to Become an Effective Leader
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by Renee Thompson
5M ago
How does a star basketball player become a star? How does a world-renowned neurosurgeon navigate the complexities of the human brain with a scalpel? How do some leaders become legends, leading their teams successfully through crisis and insurmountable challenges?  They all have two common traits. First, they didn’t start that way. I haven’t met a well-respected leader yet who embodied the principles of authentic leadership on day one. Second, they recognize that to become great, they need knowledge, skills, and practice. One way to become an effective leader is to embrace continuous learn ..read more
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Reducing Microaggressions in Healthcare: 4 Strategies for Leaders
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by Renee Thompson
6M ago
Microaggressions in healthcare cultivate toxicity and hate. This not only negatively impacts the health and well-being of the human spirit but, just as importantly, erodes the patient experience—including patient safety. To many, it is ironic how, in a professional environment like healthcare, microaggressions can remain unchallenged. We view this as “the ostrich syndrome” in which we sometimes bury our heads in the sand as though the problem does not exist. Leaders are responsible for promoting a healthy work environment and ensuring that every team member feels physically and emotionally saf ..read more
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Strategies to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Employees
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by Renee Thompson
8M ago
Navigating difficult conversation is an essential skill healthcare leaders must possess to build healthy work cultures. Especially in healthcare, effective communication is the backbone of providing top-notch patient care and fostering a supportive work environment. We know that nobody actually enjoys having difficult conversations, and that doing so can be quite challenging. However, with practice and the right skills, these conversations can become more manageable. In this blog post, we will explore strategies specifically tailored for healthcare leaders to navigate difficult conversations ..read more
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How to Reduce Interprofessional Conflict
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by Renee Thompson
9M ago
Interprofessional conflict in healthcare is on the rise. Not only does this conflict cause tension between healthcare professionals, but it ultimately impacts patient care. If anyone on the healthcare team isn’t comfortable or willing to communicate with anyone else on the team, it directly impacts a patient. As a healthcare leader, therefore, it is essential to address and mitigate these conflicts to promote a respectful and healthy work culture that ensures safe, quality patient care. In this blog post, we’ll explore three strategies that can help you reduce interprofessional conflict and fo ..read more
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