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The employer supplements proven work-life balance benefits. Certain employer traits reliably predict future employee job satisfaction, according to Harvard Business Review's list of "Best Companies to Work For." "The best places to work provide people with life satisfaction as opposed to job satisfaction alone," noted Michael O'Malley, who joined Bill Baker to put in three years of company research and interviews to make selections for the list published in 2019. "Companies we talked to...offered a robust number of supplemental programs to help employees maintain work-life balance and improve their mental and physical health. Such programs include stress-reduction workshops, nutritional consultations, financial planning, and grievance counseling services."
The employer forges genuine employee connections. Another great trait of a good employer: they engage employees as "vigorous socializers -- from day one through retirement" O'Malley added. "Their social events are not, as one employee at Health Catalyst said, 'funishments'— rare and artificial team-building exercises that people are forced to take part in and required to enjoy. Rather the stuff that builds the joints and connective tissues of teams, which in turn enables members to move nimbly and in unison, occurs regularly and spontaneously."
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The employer invites nurses to sit at the table. Jane Carmody, the chief nursing officer at CHI Health in Omaha, advised job seekers at larger medical employers to check out the senior nurse team and its duties. "Ask about employee engagement scores (NDNQI results if provided, Pathway to Excellence survey results and so on)," she told Nurse.org. "A key indication of the organization's value of nursing will be that the chief nursing leader is part of the senior team and is at the table making decisions."