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Jun. 29, 2012

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

Sign up for the innovation and communication webinars in July. Mark your calendars now.

ASHHRA Webinar
Topic: Innovating for Results: HR's Role to Lead and Foster Innovation
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Ashley Gouge, Vice President, Pinstripe Healthcare

Price: Free to members | $29.99 for non members | Sponsored by Pinstripe | (Become a member of ASHHRA and you can register for free)

Top health care providers are finding that fostering and rewarding innovation across all functions is leading to significant operational efficiencies and improved patient satisfaction scores. At the same time, others find themselves falling behind as they struggle to create lasting change in their organizations. During this hour-long session, attendees will hear the best-practice stories of executives and HR leaders that have risen to the challenge, taking incremental steps to create environments in which innovative thinking and delivery are making tangible differences in the lives of employees, patients, and their communities.

Through this webinar, attendees will learn:
  • Why health care organizations need to look outside of the health care industry for inspiration
  • The attributes of the "Discovery Driven" and "Delivery Driven" worker
  • The importance of a strong recruitment function to continuously drive innovation and change.
Please click here for more information and to register.

ASHHRA 48th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 22-25 — for details and to register, click here.

IFD Webinar
Topic: Communication Quality Improvement: Using Validated Measures to Track and Improve Communication in Health Care Organizations
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenters: Matthew Wynia, Director, Institute for Ethics and Center for Patient Safety, American Medical Association, and Yolanda Robles, President, CulturaLink
Price: Complimentary for IFD members | $99.99 for non-IFD members

This presentation will discuss how organizations are assessing their communication and what quality improvement efforts are being undertaken to ensure efficient communication for all patients.

Please click here to register.



Supreme Court upholds Obama health care mandate
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law in a complex opinion that gives the president a major election-year victory. The historic 5-4 decision will affect the way Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care in the future. It upholds the individual mandate that most Americans get health insurance or pay a penalty — and it was the penalty, or tax, that ultimately saved the law. More
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Use new hire surveys to retain diverse employees
Diversity Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While many companies have become adept at hiring diverse employees, they do not always have solid strategies for retaining them. Some choose to develop diversity initiatives and programs designed to promote equal professional experiences and opportunities for all employees to improve retention of their high-potential diverse employees. More

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Gender pay divide persists
The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pay discrimination is a silent offense. Women know when they're being harassed and abused, of course, and they can often tell if they're being discriminated against in hiring and promotion — all they have to do is count the men with lesser skills and credentials doing jobs they still aspire to. But in many workplaces, discussing pay is frowned upon; in some, it's a dismissible offense. More

AARP Survey: Fighting age discrimination
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ageism. Say the word out loud. When I do, it forms awkwardly in my throat, clinging to the back of my palate. Then, it pushes out with a distinct hissing, like a viperous snake. Go ahead, try saying it. Age discrimination is insidious. More

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Study: More hospitals using LGBT nondiscrimination policies
Healthcare Finance News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing number of hospitals around the U.S. have adopted policies that ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients according to a report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. More

How impatience undermines cross-cultural goals
Management-Issues    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Impatience" and "cross-cultural" don't work well together. Cross-cultural relationships and projects inevitably take more time, more effort and more patience. Slowing down often goes against the grain of what we're trying to accomplish. More

Redefining diversity for the new global workforce
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Our views of diversity in America are changing, but they aren't keeping up with the global reality that now faces American companies. Traditionally, diversity focused on the integration of people from racial, gender, physical ability and religious perspectives inside of large corporations motivated by political or operational imperative, or social good. The idea was to create a diverse workforce that reflected the composition of the American population in a way that could be seen, one that reflected the diversity of their customers. More

Hospitals lag in workforce diversity
HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the nation's hospitals employ more than 4.8 million people, making these centers of healing powerful economic engines for the communities they serve. Unfortunately, when it comes to diversity in the workforce, hospitals are not leading the way. More

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California lawmakers expand workplace religious protections
The Associated Press via Columbia Daily Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would add more protections for religious freedom in the workplace, specifying that California discrimination laws also should apply to religious clothing, hairstyles and the right to carry religious objects. More

Creating an inclusive workplace    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many companies would like to employ people with disabilities, yet many doubt their ability to keep these individuals safe on the job. When Walgreens began to plan a new distribution center in 2002, the company focused on an integrated work environment in which employees with and without disabilities would work side by side, doing the same jobs for the same pay, being held to the same standards. Now in its fifth year of operation, the facility's operational data sheds light on the results of their initiative. More

Asians in the American workplace: Breaking through the 'bamboo ceiling'
Tech Wire Asia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The so-called "Bamboo Ceiling" effect is a term that was introduced by leadership strategist and executive coach Jane Hyun in her book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians, as a combination of individual, cultural, and organizational factors that impede Asian Americans' career paths inside the organizations. The research was based on hundreds of interviews with Fortune 500 executives, as well as Hyun's own insights from her corporate consulting practice. More

If we work into our 70s, what happens in the workplace?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You might think working well into your eighth decade is preposterous. But it is becoming relatively commonplace. The number of working people age 65 and older reached an all-time low in 2001, when just 13 percent held jobs. Now that rate is rebounding, and the number of workers older than 65 is 18 percent of the workforce. More

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