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Engaging Employees is Key to Staying Competitive in Senior Living

September 6, 2017 | James Balda

senior living executive1.2 million—that’s a number familiar to senior living leaders. It’s the number of additional employees—nursing assistants, food service professionals, maintenance workers, etc.—the senior living industry will need to attract by 2025. To compete with other industries for employees, senior living is tasked with positioning the industry as an attractive career path for future workers, as well as spreading the word that with senior living comes meaningful and rewarding work.

In the new issue of Argentum’s Senior Living Executive magazine, we address several workforce-related issues including engagement, recruitment and retention. We look at various employee programs and benefits across senior living; what’s clear is that senior living providers are committing a great deal of effort, money and time to recognizing their hard-working employees. And overall, providers agree the investment is worth it.

Also in the issue, you’ll find highlights of providers who’ve received third-party recognition as top workplaces for employees, as well as a review of best practices in front-line employee recruitment strategies from organizations outside of the senior living industry. A variety of industries seek to attract and hire the same talent as senior living—hospitality, health care, restaurants, retail—so it’s critical that we understand their strategies to compete. To read The Workforce Issue of Senior Living Executive, visit argentum.org/sle

Additionally, on September 14th, Argentum will host the 2nd annual Workforce Development Symposium in Washington, D.C in partnership with sponsor, OnShift.  We know that the future of the senior living workforce is a top of mind issue for senior living professionals; keeping employees engaged and building a pipeline are critical focus areas. At the symposium, our guest facilitator, Bruce Tulgan, will help us to address those issues as well as discuss best practices in human capital management and the generational changes impacting the senior living workforce. Tulgan is recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and an expert on leadership and management. In recent years, he has also been named a leading “management guru” by Management Today.

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James Balda is a guest author for OnShift’s blog and the President and CEO of Argentum, the largest national association exclusively dedicated to senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve.

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