Client: Norton Healthcare | Industry: Healthcare | Region: North America
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“People come into health care wanting fulfillment through meaningful work. It's part of who we are. In fact, many times our employees would say 'It's just what we do'. But that's why it's so important that we show our appreciation.”
Norton Healthcare believes in the power of recognition. Their program, N Recognition of You (powered by O.C. Tanner), provides a centralised way for employees and their leaders to recognise everyday efforts, great work, and years of service of their peers. N Recognition of You is aligned to Norton Healthcare’s values and allows all employees the opportunity to be recognised and provide recognition in every aspect of their life at work—from their first day on the job to big and small accomplishments throughout their career, major career milestones, and even retirement.
Along with recognition, Norton Healthcare regularly listens to their employees. During and after the pandemic, they heard employees were feeling additional stress and burnout and needed more resources to support and strengthen their well-being. Because Norton Healthcare knows burnout leads to decreased productivity, increased turnover, increased workload, and adverse patient outcomes, they wanted to find immediate solutions to support their employees, specifically their front-line workers and leaders.
Norton Healthcare used N Recognition of You to help build connection and community at work. Previous analysis of recognition and engagement scores found a statistical correlation between the number of times an employee was recognised and their engagement level.
So, the organisation increased recognition to strengthen connection with their teams, appreciate employees when they least expect it, and share employee stories, accomplishments and contributions that connect to their purpose. They built recognition into leader tools, training, and communication, all helping to strengthen leader relationships and help employees feel valued. The Employee Experience team leveraged their business partners, including Patient Experience and Patient Safety teams, to ensure recognition was happening throughout the entire organisation. They created monthly employee communications around engagement and recognition to promote using N Recognition of You and share employee stories.
“Being able to use the system to help with different initiatives we are working on and consistently tying it all back to recognition has been very impactful,” says Jason Coffey, Director, Employee Experience.
Norton Healthcare also encouraged their leaders to get to know their people better through leader rounding. These check-ins give employees opportunities to speak up and allow leaders a chance to act on the employees’ concerns and suggestions. All of this contributes to a renewed focus on employee wellbeing through listening, connection, and leader relationships so Norton Healthcare takes care of not only their patients, but also their employees.
“Recognition is the world’s greatest retention tool.”
“We feel like the O.C. Tanner team is part of our own work team. They understand our culture and our needs and are always available to brainstorm ideas and help with our overall recognition and employee experience strategy.”
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