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7 first steps to increase employee engagement


first_imgAs competition for talent heats up, one of the greatest challenges companies face today revolves around employee engagement. Employees are the core of every business. Even when all the strategic pieces of your business fit together, disgruntled and uninterested employees will lead to deep problems.These questions that will lead to an understanding of your employee’s mindset:Are your employees passionate about their jobs?Do they come to the office happy and eager to work?If your answer to either of those questions is “No,” or if you are unsure about the answer, you probably have disengaged employees. If you are coming to the sober realization that you do indeed have a disengaged workforce, there are simple steps you can take now to fix the problem. Here are 7 First Steps to Increase Employee Engagement: continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Federal Health Officials Seek to Stop Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman, ProPublicaFederal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media.The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. These include photos and videos of residents who were naked, covered in feces or even deceased. They also include images of abuse.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees nursing homes, said in a memo to state health departments on Friday that they should begin checking to make sure that all nursing homes have policies prohibiting staff from taking demeaning photographs of residents. The memo also calls on state officials to quickly investigate such complaints and report offending workers to state licensing agencies for investigation and possible discipline. State health departments help enforce nursing home rules for the federal government.“Nursing homes must establish an environment that is as homelike as possible and includes a culture and environment that treats each resident with respect and dignity,” said the memo signed by David Wright, director of the CMS survey and certification group. “Treating a nursing home resident in any manner that does not uphold a resident’s sense of self-worth and individuality dehumanizes the resident and creates an environment that perpetuates a disrespectful and/or potentially abusive attitude towards the resident(s).”CMS said that nursing homes have a responsibility to protect residents’ privacy, to prohibit abuse, to provide training on how to prevent abuse, and to investigate all allegations of abuse. If homes fail to do so, they can face citations, fines and theoretically even termination from the Medicare program.Also last week, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on other federal agencies to take action on the problem. He sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice and to the Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking whether “rules and protections are in place to prevent and punish these types of abuses.” He also has sent letters to social media companies, calling on them to pay more attention to this. The Office for Civil Rights is working on its own guidance related to social media but hasn’t released it yet.In a statement to ProPublica, Grassley praised the new CMS memo. “This guidance is welcome and necessary,” he wrote. “Nursing homes are obligated under the law to keep their residents free from abuse. Exploitation on social media is a form of abuse, and the agency memo makes that clear. We need to prevent it, and we need to punish it when it happens.”ProPublica has identified 47 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers shared photos or videos of residents on social media networks. This includes three discovered in recent weeks. At one Los Angeles nursing home, an employee took video of a coworker “passing gas” on the face of a resident and posted it on Instagram, according to a May inspection report.“An interview was conducted with Resident 1 and the resident stated that facility employees pass gas in his face as often as every month,” the report said. One employee resigned and a police report was filed.While some states have taken harsh steps against nursing homes at which social media abuse occurs, other states have not. We reported last month that Iowa health officials recently discovered it wasn’t against state law for a nursing home worker to share a photo on Snapchat of a resident covered in feces because his genitals weren’t visible. Officials are trying to change the law when the Iowa Legislature reconvenes early next year.The federal government memo sets uniform standards for how such abuse should be written up by inspectors and the severity of sanctions that should be levied. In the past, there was great variability.Last month, the industry’s trade group issued its own suggestions for dealing with such situations, encouraging training and swift responses by these facilities when allegations are brought to light. The group also is holding training events around the country. While many facilities ban the use or possession of cell phones by employees when in resident areas, some have also found such rules impractical to enforce.Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, the trade group, said the CMS memo dovetails with the industry’s effort to stop social media abuse.“The two words in that CMS directive that stand out most to me are ‘privacy’ and ‘responsibility,’” Crist wrote in an email Monday. “That’s why we have taken responsibility and made a concerted, nationwide effort to educate and share best practices with our centers not only on how to detect and root out this abuse, but also proactive steps to ensure it doesn’t happen in the first place.“It’s not an issue that is conquered overnight, but every day, we get smarter about it.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more


Waverly encourages testing to residences amid surge in COVID cases


first_imgThe department is also asking those who have attended public gatherings where health restrictions were not followed to be tested as well. The New York State Department of Health, the Tioga County Publich Health Department, Guthrie and the Village of Waverly are responding to the rising number of COVID cases in the village. Nov. 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officials say the rapid testing site at the Waverly Village Hall is open for testing on the dates and times below: Tioga County Public Health is encouraging anyone who has recently been exposed to the coronavirus or who is experiencing symptoms themselves to get tested for the virus. The departments are encouraging people to take advantage of a rapid testing site at the village hall to do so. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Due to an increase in COVID cases in Waverly, a number of departments are being called to action and residents are being encouraged to get tested. last_img read more


MBB : Triche sits out with bruised tailbone after collision


first_imgCLEVELAND — Nothing made the pain in Brandon Triche’s bruised tailbone go away. At one point, he stood up on the bench while play continued and tried to stretch. At another, during a timeout, Syracuse trainer Brad Pike worked with him on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena court.But nothing worked. Triche’s harsh grimace remained throughout the second half. And as a result, Triche never had an opportunity to see if he could have made a difference Sunday in the Orange’s 66-62 loss to Marquette in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.‘It sucks to watch your team when you believe that you can help,’ Triche said in the SU locker room after the game. ‘You never want to watch your team — the guys you’ve been with for six months now — lose.’His body tightened up after landing hard on his backside and bruising his tailbone earlier in the second half during a collision with the Golden Eagles’ Junior Cadougan underneath the basket. The discomfort intensified, and he wasn’t sure what, if anything, he’d be able to do out on the court.And to add insult to injury, a referee called an offensive foul on Triche. The call made Triche, grimacing on the ground, throw up his arms in disbelief.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The charge being called on me almost hurt more than the actual fall at the time,’ Triche said.So Syracuse’s starting two-guard found himself in an unfamiliar spot — helplessly watching the most critical stretch of SU’s season.Triche suggested he stayed on the bench partially because of the play of freshman teammate Dion Waiters, who put together his best performance of his freshman season in extended minutes. With Triche on the bench, Waiters took over his scoring role.Waiters meticulously took his man off the dribble and got into the lane seemingly any time he wanted it. There wasn’t much Marquette’s small defenders could do to stop him from scoring a team-high 18 points — 15 in the second half alone.On one possession, Waiters called for the ball. Once he got it, he drove past his man and challenged Chris Otule, who was stationed underneath the basket. He pulled up enough to avoid an offensive foul and laid the ball in off the glass to put SU up 48-47.‘He hit some tough shots for us,’ SU point guard Scoop Jardine said of Waiters. ‘Every shot he made today, we needed it. We needed every single basket.’But before leaving the game with the injury, Triche was SU’s most effective scorer. Triche came out aggressive and found his shot early against the Golden Eagles. He scored eight points during the first five minutes of the game and helped the Orange build an early lead.But with Waiters playing so well late and Triche still visibly in pain on the bench, SU head coach Jim Boeheim opted to go with Waiters down the stretch.‘Brandon took such a hard fall, you know, he wanted to try to go back,’ Boeheim said. ‘But I just … I didn’t think he could do it. I just didn’t think he was able to go. And we would have liked to have had him at the end.’So Triche was never called to go back in the game, and in the end, it was Waiters, not Triche, who made the key mistake. His errant inbounds pass to Jardine with 51.8 seconds remaining caused a backcourt violation, Syracuse’s 18th turnover of the game.Moments later, after Darius Johnson-Odom drilled the eventual game-winning 3-pointer, the Orange’s season was over. And all Triche could do was hang his head. He stayed back after most of SU’s players got up to retreat to the locker room. He sat alone, head hung, and pondered what could have been.‘I felt really bad,’ Triche said. ‘But if Coach wanted me back in there, I would have tried it. I’m not sure how long I could’ve been out there, but I definitely would have tried to do whatever I could.’[email protected]@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more




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