5 Ways to Support Your Nursing Home’s Frontline Workers
Frontline workers have been given the spotlight in the past few months, and it’s no surprise as to why. The general public is starting to see what you’ve known all along: your frontline workers are amazing humans who put their own comfort and even lives on the line to take care of others.
With so much focus on others, you might be thinking about how you can treat your team and support your frontline workers.
A Simple Thank You
Sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way. Send out staff messages with “thank yous” and “shoutouts” for a job well done. Acknowledging those who are making a difference and even going above and beyond can help to also motivate others to keep going, even when they’re feeling tired or overworked.
Speaking of feeling overworked, make sure you’re limiting overtime for employees. It’s exhausting enough to be wearing a mask 8-12 hours a day. Employees, even those who might feel like they need the money, probably shouldn’t be working much overtime right now. They need a chance to recuperate and mentally recharge before they come back in for their next shift.
Feed Your Team
Food is a great way to show team members you appreciate them. Going in and out of your facility is probably not an option and with team members having to manage having kids at home 24/7, it’s highly likely they’re overwhelmed with also having to remember to pack a lunch.
Provide them with free, healthy food to keep them powered throughout the day. Doughnuts and cookies are yummy, but with everything your team is dealing with, it’s important that they have food that won’t cause them to “crash” mid-day.
Gift cards are a great way to encourage employees to treat themselves to something they might not normally do or even help meet basic needs. Offer gift cards as rewards for a job well done or give one to everyone as a way to just say “thanks for being here.”
One gift card that employees might appreciate would be one to a grocery delivery service like Shipt.
Shipt allows individuals to place their grocery order online so they don’t have to head out after work to do groceries or bother taking their kids to the grocery store.
Keep Up On CDC Guidelines
We know that guidelines are always changing and it takes a lot of work to stay up on the guidelines that the CDC has put forth. By keeping up-to-date you’re showing your employees that you care about their well-being. You’re also taking one more thing off of their plate. By keeping them informed they don’t have to spend time researching guidelines.
Showing appreciation to your workers is an important part of nurturing the culture at your healthcare facility and keeping your team motivated. If you’re looking for a tool that can help you with staff messaging or scheduling, be sure to check out Instant Nurse. It’s affordable and easy to use and implement.