Audiology: Fire Starters: Creating a More Positive Workforce Culture In health care settings across the country, stress levels are high, work loads can be overwhelming, staff morale can be low, and the “flame” that drove people into health care in the first place is in danger of burning out. Speech-language pathology and audiology service providers are not exempt ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2006
Audiology: Fire Starters: Creating a More Positive Workforce Culture
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  • Rhonda Joyner
    Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, NC
  • Deborah CulbertsonColumn Editor
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Hearing Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Audiology
Article   |   October 01, 2006
Audiology: Fire Starters: Creating a More Positive Workforce Culture
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2006, Vol. 16, 19-20. doi:10.1044/aas16.3.19
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2006, Vol. 16, 19-20. doi:10.1044/aas16.3.19
In health care settings across the country, stress levels are high, work loads can be overwhelming, staff morale can be low, and the “flame” that drove people into health care in the first place is in danger of burning out. Speech-language pathology and audiology service providers are not exempt from this trend. As leaders are becoming convinced that these circumstances must change, we are seeing workshops, books, and seminars on the topic of staff motivation. This is the story of how one interdisciplinary health care team organized an approach to create a more positive workplace culture.
In July 2005, the General Rehabilitation Services Division of our medical center organized an interdisciplinary motivational task force called Fire Starters. The membership of the task force included managers, supervisors, clinical and non-clinical staff that wanted to make a positive difference in the work climate.
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