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More to the holiday party than meets the eye

Holiday parties are a part of most work cultures. A tradition. Something that many employees look forward to all year long. It’s a time when employees are given permission to relax and spend time with co-workers in a different setting -- people they spend more time with each year than even their families. Spouses and significant others are introduced, emotional connections are made. Relationships grow stronger. Knowing all this, why then are holiday parties often the first item cut from the budget when things get tight financially?

Is your organization culturally competent?

Cultural competence in healthcare is defined as the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural and linguistics needs of patients.

In healthcare it is our job to take care of all patients regardless of our own beliefs. No one is immune to needing care and it is our duty to make every effort to help meet the unique needs of each patient. Employing cultural competence throughout an organization not only shows respect for minority groups -- their culture, beliefs and values, but also fosters trust which enables us to perform our job more effectively.

Five ways to create and keep a top-notch leadership team

“The whole is better than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle said this an eon ago and it still holds true today. This is particularly important when putting together a high functioning leadership team. There is no such thing as the perfect team and some of the best teams are not made up of “superstars.” The true power of a high performing team lies in how well each member clicks together. A team is better as the whole, not any one individual.

Retaining new physicians ... the first five years

It takes a lot of time to recruit the right physician.   When you finally find a physician that is a great for your community, you want to be sure you do everything you can to make this a successful partnership.   You need to help him/her and their family assimilate into the community and make them feel like a welcome addition to the team. If a physician is moving from out of state, it can take 6 months or a year for them to get moved and get their practice started.  You need to do everything you can to help them move to the community, get settled and then get to work.

How to make your work environment enjoyable without a huge investment

We spend on average eight hours a day at work. That translates to roughly 2,080 hours per year. This means we spend about a quarter of our life each year at work. With another quarter spent sleeping and a third quarter keeping our households running, this leaves only 25 percent for fun and relaxation. It’s no wonder we run around stressed all the time, feeling as if there’s no time to do the things we want to do.