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LeadingAge Colorado Workforce News

August 6, 2018


Member Benefit Reminder: Job Board

LeadingAge Colorado members, don't forget that you have the opportunity to post on our job board for no cost as one of your member benefits. As part of our outreach efforts to college students pursing studies in aging services, a new category for Internships has been added.

2018 Salary & Benefits Report for Life Plan Communities Now Available

The national average hourly rate for CNAs in Continuing Care Retirement Communities/Life Plan Communities (CCRCs) saw an increase of about 3.35%, according to the 2018-2019 CCRC salary and benefits report published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) in cooperation with LeadingAge. 

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Why You're Not Attracting Better Talent 

You may have noticed that despite using the most tried and true tactics, your organization is no longer attracting the top-quality talent that it used to. Competitive salary, good benefits, and long-term career paths are no longer enough to make you stand out as an employer. So, what do you do?

Many employers today realize that a winning culture is the key differentiator when it comes to hiring. Employees today are savvy enough to learn what an organization’s culture is really like very early on, even before they walk in the door on their first day. Social media and employer review sites, such as Glassdoor, have made it easier than ever for hiring candidates to vet their potential employers before deciding whether or not to work for them. Read more. 

LeadingAge Speaks Out on Workforce Crisis

On July 7, the New York Times published an article, It's Almost Like a Ghost Town. Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years. The article contrasted the way nursing homes staffing levels were reported on Nursing Home Compare before and after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted the payroll-based journaling system. 

In a statement to the Times, Katie Sloan pointed out that LeadingAge for several years pushed for more accurate reporting on nursing home staffing. She noted that recruiting, training and retaining workers is a huge challenge for our members, which we have heard again and again at the LeadingAge Town Hall meetings being held all around the country. More

Student Program at LeadingAge Annual Conference and Expo in Philadelphia

LeadingAge is once again offering a student program at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  The program will include:

  • Student orientation program
  • Opportunity to be mentored by aging services providers
  • Two keynotes
  • LeadingAge Career Path - get career advice, find a mentor, etc.
  • Education sessions...and more!

  • Scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel and registration. 

Scholarship Application is now open and the deadline to apply is Friday, September 7

The Business Challenge of Our Time Is Creating Meaningful Work

Enso co-founder Sebastian Buck writes that the most critical current business challenge is work engagement by employees, reports Fast Company. "With a 21st-century business mindset ... an emotional commitment at work is essential," he argues. "An employee turning up for a paycheck in exchange for functional work will not create products that stand apart from functional low-cost versions, or create that magical customer experience, or...

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Certification is the Most Important Workforce Development Opportunity

Studies have shown that employees are happier working for organizations that invest in their professional development and career growth. The Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential is the gold standard for the assisted living industry and demonstrates a commitment to providing the highest quality care to seniors. Make a company-wide commitment to support executive directors at your company in pursuing this certification. Registration is NOW OPEN.

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How the Agencies With the Oldest Workforces Are Preparing for a Retirement Exodus

The imminent mass-retirement of older federal employees from the baby boomer generation is spurring government agencies to prepare, reports Government Executive. According to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department's Suzanne Tufts, HUD Secretary Ben Carson has "directed everyone [in leadership] to make the vibrancy and the succession planning of their workforce not only top of mind, but to start really thinking and...

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Employers Eager to Hire Try a New Policy: 'No Experience Necessary'

Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to accelerate hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates, reports the Wall Street Journal. This move is helping self-taught programmers secure software engineering roles at Intel and GitHub, and raising the chances for high-school graduates who aspire to be branch managers at Bank of America and elsewhere. "Candidates have so many options today,"...

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Operator sees 5% retention increase through multifaceted approach to workforce issues

Recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge across all of senior living and post-acute care. One operator based in Colorado, where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, is taking a multifaceted approach to address workforce issues.

Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that the operator says already have resulted in a 5% increase in retention in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the turnover rate in 2017. The company owns, operates and manages nine senior living communities in Colorado, has two more communities under construction in Colorado and Missouri, and also offers home care services.

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