7 reads for healthcare managers

Seven articles for and about managers in hospitals and health systems. 

1. What motivates your managers the most?
Hint: It's not the desire for a promotion.

2. Is your hospital a great workplace? To get the answer, look in the middle
Definitions of a "great workplace" can vary depending on who you ask. But according to Quint Studer, founder of Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Studer Group, most hospitals and health systems that pride themselves on excellent workplace cultures and performance do one simple thing well: They cultivate and nurture a strong middle management team.

3. 6 key findings on middle managers' frustrations, preferences
The lack of decisionmaking was cited as one of the top frustrations among middle managers, along changing priorities and the sense that immediate supervisors do not listen to them.

4. Do your managers want to move up the ladder? (The answer isn't as obvious as you'd think.)
The number of managers who see career progression as "very important" is almost equal to the number who only consider it "somewhat important."

5. 10 questions every hospital should ask its employees
Each question on the quiz is scored on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the worst perception of the hospital's culture and 10 being the best. The overall score gives hospitals an idea of how they're doing — an 89, for example, would be good, while a 50 would show some problems with staff satisfaction. In many hospitals, the discrepancy between scores in the C-suite, middle management and the front lines have been significant.

6. 10 free (or very inexpensive) ways to engage staff
The good news is there's plenty your organization can do to engage employees. The best news is that most of these efforts won't cost you a penny.

7. 7 things CEOs hate
Here are a few behaviors managers and senior leaders may want to avoid.


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