Nurses spend a majority of their week with co-workers and are more than likely to experience emotions ranging from pure joy and happiness to despair, anger, and hopelessness while at work.
According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report, over 87% of the organizations state that staff engagement and making staff feeling “appreciated” is one of their biggest challenges.
Companies often think it’s big ticket items that will make up for it. Although gift cards and “pizza parties” are nice, we can start with some simple things.
Here are 6 ways you can help your nurses feel more appreciated and begin to truly thrive in their environment:
Get To Know Them Personally
What is their life like outside of work? Are they married? Have kids? What are their favorite hobbies? Where did they grow up? What’s the last movie they watched?
Your co-workers and staff are more than just a payroll ID, they are people first. The more you get to know your staff and peers on a personal level, the more trust and loyalty they will showcase.
Say “Thank You”
So simple… Take the time to give and show thanks regularly. Believe it or not, saying thank you can help boost energy throughout the department and create stronger relationships between staff.
Set Goals + Milestones
Every professional wants to work towards a goal. Understand what your peers or staff want? Are they looking to switch departments? Desiring to learn a new skill? Working towards promotion? Find out what they are interested in pursuing and how you can help support them to get there.
Allow Time for Mental Health and Safe Spaces to Share
Being a nurse is already hard. But doing the hard things without being able to vent or release is even harder.. Allow your co-workers to take time for themselves when needed. Check on your staff if you notice someone is having an off day. Something as small as helping them chart or buying them their morning coffee can go a long way.
Gifts + Rewards
What traits do we look for in our staff and co-workers? Punctuality, accuracy, teamwork, and an overall good work ethic. How do we reward these traits? Pizza parties are fine, but practical, useful items will go further to show appreciation. Try giving a spa day, a new pair of scrubs, shoes, or a gift card for dinner.
Give Them a Seat at the Table
Nurses spend more one-on-one time with patients than any other staff member. Listen to their opinions. Make sure to have good nurse-to-patient ratios. When your nurses are heard and supported, then patients are cared for and happy.
Now that we know how to show appreciation, where can we do all of this? The HOLLIBLU app!
HOLLIBLU is a great way to connect with your department or staff, gain insight on what they want, receive feedback, and even reward them with a variety of products! HOLLIBLU advocates for nurses, helping to give them a seat at the table.
Download HOLLIBLU and start showing your appreciation for your co-workers and staff today!