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How the Best Companies Develop Better Employees

ByMelissa Powell,
business.com writer
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Jan 17, 2019
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Developing great employees starts with addressing their needs as professionals.

Effective team building is often described as the most crucial skill for a business leader to have, likely because it's both valuable and difficult. Coalescing a group of high-performing talents is easier said than done, but an effort well worth making if having a great company is your goal. The best organizations put a premium on creating and sustaining a workforce built to tackle hard tasks and grow seamlessly, and putting a team together to accomplish this is frequently a matter of maximizing satisfaction and productivity in the people you've already got. 

Developing great employees is a multifaceted task, but much of it starts by addressing their needs as professionals. In any industry, development and fulfillment are the major aspects of professional satisfaction, and any organization that works hard to foster these two qualities will find itself enjoying the rewards--motivated, self-starting, hardworking employees. 

Wellness is a driving force in healthcare, so it stands to reason that the best employers in the field don't only cultivate it in their patients, but also in the people entrusted to deliver great care. Studies have found job satisfaction to be an important factor in workers' health, giving an extra relevance to the employee support offered by leaders in the health industry. There's also a proven link between job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity, meaning an investment in worker happiness pays off through increased production. No business, healthcare or otherwise, would do well ignoring that fact. Here's a look at the major aspects of developing a great workforce. 

Professional development 

Professional development takes many forms. In a field as ever-evolving as healthcare, staying on top of potential new courses of care and technology through seminars can be a productive way for employees to grow within their positions. Professional development courses can also encourage attendees to be better teammates, more supportive leaders, and more effective communicators. By investing in these qualities, the best companies ensure they stay the best. 

Employee loyalty is grown through thoughtful action, not purchased with higher salaries. If a worker feels as if their professional goals are being supported, they’re likelier to stay around longer and accomplish more work while they’re there. Ambitious workers who may otherwise be inclined to find opportunity elsewhere can be retained more easily if they feel their professional ambitions can be met within your organization. Developing their skills and giving them the chance to use them is how the greatest companies stay great. 

Personal wellness 

Sustaining a great workforce also means providing key support in times of need. A robust family leave and sick day policy demonstrate that employee wellness is a priority in a very concrete, quantifiable way. Competitive salaries and employee healthcare options accomplish the same thing. In a marketplace where great workers can be choosy, a full regime of benefits is how the best employers can continually attract top talent and keep them satisfied. 

Healthcare companies know better than most the importance of quality care, and extending their own high standard of wellness to their employees’ personal plans ought to be a matter of course. Considering the multitude of options at hand, an investment in comprehensive and affordable health care demonstrates a thoughtful touch that makes a difference for morale. 

Health coverage is only one aspect of worker wellness. You want your employees working at their best, and that often means allowing for time off when it’s needed. Not every personal need is met within the workplace, so a robust leave policy allows workers to take time when needed to regroup, heal, and return to work prepared to take on every challenge before them. 

Perks 

In addition to fostering a culture of individual growth and support, many employers rely on extra perks to truly stand out. Such benefits have the added effect of making the workplace a more desirable destination, a place where your employees find more than just tasks to do every day. Recruiting gets a boost, as well, when you can entice prospects with a welcoming atmosphere for productivity. 

Meditation rooms are one especially holistic way for employers to offer a more wellness-based workday. Stress is said to cost up to $300 billion dollars a year to American businesses, a malady that can be fought right in the office with dedicated spaces for employees to relax, refocus and re-energize. Other health perks like standing desks, yoga classes, and access to athletic facilities can encourage an atmosphere where wellness is a priority. The benefits of such extras not only make for healthier employees but characterize your workplace as a place where worker happiness is valued. 

Such perks are an attractive lure for talented people, but without a strong foundational ethos of growth and teamwork, they'll amount to little more than window dressing. What the best companies do to develop and retain great employees isn't rocket science; it can be emulated by companies of any size, in any industry. It just takes dedication, conscientiousness, and creativity on the part of those at the helm. 

In short, a great workforce becomes so thanks to thoughtful, purposeful leaders who prioritize employee wellbeing. It’s up to you to make your own workplace a great one, but it all begins with purpose.

Melissa Powell
Melissa Powell
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Melissa Powell is the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of The Allure Group. A dedicated healthcare professional, hands-on leader, and consummate innovator, Melissa has nearly 20 years of experience coordinating, assessing, and improving senior care in New Jersey and New York City.
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