LeadingAge is committed to providing members everyday solutions for workforce issues. Follow this post for access to a wide range of new tools and resources, on topics ranging from building inclusive cultures to developing managers and leaders. Also visit our workforce topic page for even more on this critical issue.
July 18, 2023
Well-Done Workforce Websites
Despite the intense staff recruitment difficulties providers face, LeadingAge research finds that many potential employees do have positive perceptions of our sector and are open to exploring careers in aging services. Members are developing well-crafted recruitment communications in line with LeadingAge’s Opening Doors to the Aging Services Workforce initiative. For example, read about how providers have created Well-Done Workforce Websites that spotlight the range of available jobs in our field, use messages that resonate with the needs and wants of potential staff, and call on trusted messengers (such as current employees) to attract new staff.
LeadingAge Education & Resources for Workplace Belonging
Creating a sense of belonging at work is not always a goal on a strategic plan—but current research proves that it should be. LeadingAge released learning opportunities and resources you can use now to help create a culture of belonging and other important aspects of building an inclusive work environment.
There are many skills found in an excellent coach that can transcend into the workplace and our teams in aging services communities. LeadingAge curated invaluable resources and tools—like the free NurseLEAD program, coaching self-assessment form, and a guide to individual development plans—to assist members as they develop their leadership teams and continually improve their organizations.
The aging services sector is full of caring and relationship-minded people, but the systems and structures around our field are often punitive, hierarchical, and outdated. Last year, the U.S. Surgeon General released a framework for how organizations can improve the well-being of staff and organizational culture. So where can you start? LeadingAge provides resources and tools to help member organizations learn about candor, build trust, and improve transparent communication. Read more on building cultures of candor.
February 08, 2023
Need Employees? Marketing and HR Should Collaborate
LeadingAge knows the importance of organizations living out their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and today provided members resources to help address systematic issues related to DEI. Organizations can learn how to take first steps and how each well-meaning statement can be translated into meaningful action and quantifiable outcomes in the new LeadingAge article Living Out Your Commitment to DEI.
A vast list of resources—including a toolkit and thought leadership blog from LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston—will also help your organization walk the talk.
December 12, 2022
Help Stabilize Your Workforce with Wraparound Supports & Services
Is it possible to take lessons learned from person-directed care and adapt them for long-term care work environments? Like those receiving care, wouldn’t staff like to have influence, the ability to solve problems, share responsibility, contribute, and exercise autonomy? Organizational culture change can be challenging and take patience, but with a multi-faceted approach it is possible to gain organization-wide support.
Professional caregivers don’t stay in the sector because of the pay, and as LeadingAge’s LTSS Center @UMass Boston has found, wages are not commensurate with the level of expertise and skill required of caregivers. To help unpack the long-standing, multi-faceted Wage Dilemma in Aging Services, LeadingAge released resources, research, and tools on compensation and benefits to help members navigate the challenge in their organizations.