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Providing quality healthcare also includes recognizing that employees and others in the work environment have diverse backgrounds and a desire for respect and understanding as well.
Healthcare workers have a 20% overall higher rate of workplace violence than all other workers (Source: NCVS). We must recognize the warning signs and then speak up. Most violence is less obvious than someone walking in with a gun. A thought-provoking video that uses music, text and graphics to inspire and stimulate discussion about workplace violence and all its forms.
The workplace is much more diverse. So your employees, managers and executive team need to know it’s important that they use cultural competency skills to interact and communicate respectfully with patients and their families. The bottom line: By better understanding your patients, YOU can make a world of difference in their lives and within your organization.
Female shares her story about the head nurse bullying the newer nurse.
When someone on the team is a hold out, their LACK of involvement stands out like a bad actor in a good movie. Everybody sees it. It affects the whole team's attitude. That isn’t good.
Every once in a while, you'll run into someone who thinks change is a four-letter word. They get so wrapped up in their own way of doing things that they can't - or won't - see that there might be a better way.
One of the first things we have to do when dealing with a bad attitude is decide whether it's worth our time… especially if it's somebody you have to interact with every day... including a manager or boss.
Getting people to care about things they think are "no big deal" can be a dance. But when everybody gets on the same page - understands how important their own contribution is – it can be amazing what happens. More work gets done right the first time, and everybody feels good about making the effort.
Having the ability to recognize and respond to our similarities and differences - and make better decisions based on that understanding are the baseline benefits of cultural competency. This thought-provoking, powerful short video uses impactful imagery, video and music to inform and encourage discussion on understanding diversity & inclusion within the healthcare environment.
These easy-to-use cards provide a cultural competency awareness model (F.R.E.D.) and questions to address common diversity, inclusion and respect issues in the health care environment. These cards are great for a quick training reminder or conversation starter.
When it comes to working with others, there are always going to be people who don't have the same way of looking at things that we do. That's reality. The question is - how do we deal with them so that we get done what we need to get done... and keep our sanity at the same time? This program helps employees and leaders use emotional intelligence skills to recognize the characteristics of difficult attitudes in today’s diverse workforce and sort out the problems when they arise.
Conflicts between our obligations to friends and the organization can make decisions difficult; in those situations, we must let the law and the organization’s policy be our guide. Confidential information must always remain confidential. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling confidential information.
We must be careful not to participate in any activities where our personal interests or actions might interfere or compete with our obligation to the organization. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can create problems for ourselves and our organizations. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on dealing with conflicts of interest.
Sensitive information left out on a desk can easily be taken by thieving hands and seen by prying eyes. All sensitive and confidential information should be securely stored – especially things like system passwords. The bottom line is simple. You need to know and follow the organization’s secure/sensitive information policies and procedures – especially when it comes to passwords. Cybersecurity policies are not to be taken lightly.
Time theft hurts the company. A recent study estimates that it costs U.S. employers more than $400 billion per year in lost productivity. Five to ten minutes here and there add up to big losses over time. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on our work responsibilities. Remember, it doesn't matter if 'everybody's doing it’... simply put, it breaks trust.
To summarize, business documents (including paper files, reports emails and electronic files) need to be retained in accordance with the law and organization requirements/policies. And, if documents are destroyed improperly, it can result in serious problems for the organization and the individual. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on document retention and destruction.
In most organizations, managers and supervisors have an obligation to help employees resolve business practice or compliance concerns. Remember, all reports of violations must be taken seriously, and appropriate action taken in a timely manner. Again, no matter what our role in the organization—we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling reports of violations.
Interactions with auditors, inspectors, or investigators—internal or external—must be conducted in an open, honest, and ethical manner. And all information provided to auditors, inspectors or investigators must be accurate and truthful. There can be no exceptions, which mean the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on providing accurate information.
We all know that situations where we’re trying to win business put a lot of pressure on everyone involved. And we also know that comparing our products and services to the competition must be done in a truthful manner. The bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policies relating to how we talk about our competitors.
We have an obligation to keep up with current developments in our industry. That includes the right and responsibility to obtain information about the competition. However, there are right ways and wrong ways to get that information; we must always choose the right way. And the right way is to know and follow the organization’s policy on gathering competitive information.