How to lead a great team

Congratulations on your new job!  Now the adventure begins. When you start a new job one of your first things on the “to do list” is to create a great team.   Becoming the new leader of an existing team can be challenging and involves gaining the respect and trust of those around you.  Trust is the key.  A team is not a group of people that work together, it is a group of people that trust each other.  Before a boss begins telling people what they need to do, the first step needs to be to make a connection with each person so that they want to be part of your team.  Connections with others build trust. Try this exercise.  Meet with each key person on your team and find out what they need to be successful at their job.  Sit down in a neutral, quiet place with no desks between you and ask these three simple questions: What do you like about your job?  What do you dislike about your job? and How can I help you?  As a leader your number one priority should be to make things better for others.  Naturally in long term care that is always the goal with patients, but that extends to staff as well.  Find ways to help others get ahead

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Do facility staff need annual TB Testing?

ANSWER:  As of May, 2019 the Center for Disease Control updated their 2005 recomendation that all health care personnel have annual screening for Tuberculosis. Here is the link for the CDC guidelines All health care personnel should have a RISK ASSESSMENT Before starting a job workers should receive the Risk Assessment, Symptom screening and a TB test.  After that initial test, no more testing (annual testing) is recommended for workers unless there is a know exposure to tuberculosis.

Making Cozy Spaces at Work

Have you heard of hygee? (pronounced HOO-GA). Hygee is the Danish secret to happy living. It is about cozy togetherness and is an atmosphere and an experience. Being cozy with those we care about, getting comfortable by the fire with a warm cup of coca. How do we bring hygee to work?  Many of us are lucky enough to work in spaces that are also someone’s home, so the transition to cozy is easy. Dim lights and sweets to share are an obvious start. But any office can bring a little hygee and think of ways to make things more casual and cozy. Here are five ideas to get hygge going at the office. ORGANIZE A POTLUCK Instead of bring lunch just for yourself, why not organize potluck for lunch one day of the week? When everybody shares, everybody gets hygee. SET UP AN OFFICE GARDEN If the office allow it, hou can add to the hygge by planting a few plants. Spending a few minutes each day tending to them may be a nice way to manage stress. Use containers for herbs if there is not outdoor plots, but if you grow produce that can be enjoyed at the potluck that is better. BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK When my daughter went away to college, I started taking her

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Make your event a success!

  EVENT PLANNING GUIDE Celebrate & Recognize your Special Week This Planning Guide is your source for celebrations and recognition of dedicated staff.   These ideas promoteteambuilding and generate a sense of pride in your profession. It does not take a large budget or drain resources to plan, in fact spreading good news helps productivity and work satisfaction! First Steps Decide the theme. Start your search on-line. Many national recognition weeks have annual themes with a media kit including downloadable graphics. But if this year’s theme isn’t your style, create your own, or use a previous year. The theme will provide a direction for planning events, theme colors, promotional items and decorations. Get help from coworkers. Form a small committee to help plan and divide the work. Getting others to help will increase the overall participation in the events planned. Plan early. Order any items or make favors at least two weeks in advance. Also if your festivities include the community start making those calls early so they can save the date.   Activity Guide Enter the Celebration Announce your celebration to everyone who enters with a colorful balloon arch. Decorate your entrances with Balloons during the Week and plan a photo outside on the 1st day of the event inviting local media for the photo opportunity. Make the photo something

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