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Blog spotlight: Strategize now to minimize economic effects

Nurse Leader Insider, August 24, 2009

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This week, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, retention project manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, shares some insight on ways to retain staff in today's tough economic climate:

Greg Smith is a motivational and leadership speaker, and a management consultant. Greg is CEO of Chart Your Course International in Atlanta. He has published several books and articles about employee engagement and retention.

I was reading a blog by Greg regarding the current state of the economy and how surprising it is that some leaders simply hope things will turn around instead of strategizing ways to minimize or eliminate the effect the economy can have on employee retention. Here are six things to consider:

  1. Assess your talent: What can be done to improve the staff skills your department needs in the current economy?
  2. Work on employee engagement: Do you have a way to capture staff ideas and suggestions?
  3. Build closer relationships with customers: Do you know what your patients and families really want from your department?
  4. Evaluate your department's culture: Is it focused on agility and flexibility? Is the vision statement relevant to your staff?


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