If senior living leaders could wear an honest T-shirt, what would it say?
By Pat Moran
I made a quick run to Safeway this afternoon. As I was standing in the “15-items-or-less” line I noticed a young woman standing in front of me wearing a black tee-shirt with a big red heart. The message was: “I love my job”
I Am a Cynic
I tend to be a cynic about such sentiments. I have seen flight attendants wearing “I hate my job” buttons and I have seen really mean, ugly people with happy, happy sentiments. I leaned forward and asked her, “What do you do that you love your job so much?”
I expected her to say something like . . . “I don’t really like my job” or “I can’t believe I put this shirt on.” What I got was very different. As she turned around I saw that the front of her shirt said Oakwood Village Assisted Living and Memory Care.
“Do you really love it?” I asked.
“Oh,” she said, “I love every minute of it. I have learned so much and I love the people I work with.”
I was delighted. I told her that my husband (Steve Moran) and I both work in the long-term care industry and we love it, too. I told her that I started as a CNA almost 50 years ago and never looked back, traveling a path that included becoming a nurse, getting a degree in healthcare administration and a nursing home administrator license and that today I teach nurses and other senior living professionals how to use EHR software.
She responded telling me that she is preparing for a nursing career and never wants to work with any other populations than the elderly.
What Would Your Employees Want Their T-Shirt to Say?
I know that, today, workforce is one of the top issues facing the senior living sector. It manifests in three ways:
Turnover, which is a more sanitary way of saying employee satisfaction
Availability of capable and willing potential employees
The cost of labor
I got to wondering if most senior living employees would be glad to wear a “I heart my job” t-shirt or . . . if they would want to wear a shirt that said something less flattering about the company they worked for.
I then wondered if senior living leaders could wear an honest T-shirt, what would it say? I asked Steve about this and he decided to put up a little poll. He will publish the results in a week or two.