This week, Senior Housing News gathered and presented great advice from senior care leaders in their article, Problem Solvers: Keeping Senior Living Staff Engaged Despite Fatigue. We've summarized the best ideas for you below and in an at-a-glance infographic.

Increase Communications

Check-In More Often

  • Conduct more all-hands calls and use them to recognize staff efforts
  • Consider random check-ins with communities 2-3 times a week
  • Support efforts with staff newsletters and websites

Build Company Culture

Focus on Fun

  • Welcome staff to work; thank them as they leave
  • Offer virtual breaks, include games and contests
  • Host parking lot events/parades with food, buttons,
  • leaders dropping in via Skype/Facetime

Show Staff the Love

Recognize the Little Things

  • Offer 'hero' pay, extra PTO, flexible schedules
  • Increase budgets for employee appreciation and keep rewards flowing
  • Follow-up with personal notes and certificates from leadership

Address Cultural Unrest

Promote Diversity and Equality

  • Drive diversity and equality to recruiting and development
  • Offer active listening sessions for employees to share experiences
  • Create employee-lead diversity, inclusion and belonging council

Increase Support

Keep Things Simple

  • Shelve non-priority tasks and assignments
  • Increase formal education opportunities
  • Offer employee webinars for stress, parenting, protecting self/family/residents, etc.
  • Partner employees up for listening with empathy or buddy staffing programs

Leaders who contributed these great ideas represent the following communities: 

  • Eclipse Senior Living
  • Juniper Communities
  • Seasons Living
  • Pathway to Living
  • Enlivant