The Vision award award recognizes organizations that anticipated internal or external trends and responded creatively, effectively and proactively. Here are the winners for 2018:
Gold: University of Utah Health
Faced with a high turnover rate and unable to afford losing nurses because of a new ambulatory care complex and rehabilitation hospital set to open, the University of Utah Health searched for a solution.
Thrive@theBedside is the medical center’s program was created by nurses for nurses, according to the application. It focuses on bedside nurses but is available to all nurses. Key program areas include recognition, growth and financial strength to help attract and retain employees.
“In the annual listening tour, I heard over and over again that we were not doing enough for those nurses who choose to stay at the bedside, foregoing promotions and other job paths that would require them to leave direct patient care,” said Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer at University of Utah Health.
Due to the demanding nature of nursing, the center found it difficult to maintain a stable workforce of nurses in direct patient care roles. Nurse leadership had help from the human resources department to put together the program.
With the new program, nurses now get a number of perks including rewards and recognition. Patients nominate nurses who left an impact on them, and then they are recognized for their efforts. The program also allows nurses to grow their careers professionally and academically. For new associate degree nurses, Thrive@theBedside provides instructor funding to the university’s College of Nursing.
For its efforts to use Thrive@theBedside as a solution to their turnover rate and attracting new hires, the University of Utah Health is the 2018 Optimas Award Gold winner for Vision.
Silver: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Surrounded by Fortune 500 companies can prove to be a challenge for a company like Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where the competition is high. The research company realized they needed to add perks to attract and retain employees.
Lawrence Livermore partnered with the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association, or LLESA, a nonprofit, to create the LLESA work-life programs in 2013. The goal was to provide quality recreational, educational and convenience programs to the company’s 7,000 employees. With companies like Google and Apple in the same vicinity and offering competitive compensation packages, Lawrence Livermore realized the importance of work-life balance to employees. Some programs include onsite fitness, a children’s center and blood drives.
The company has seen an overall increase in the employee satisfaction rate since introducing the newly organized work-life programs run by LLESA.
For its efforts to rise among the surrounding competition, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the 2018 Optimas Award Silver winner for Vision.
Bronze: Ultimate Software
For its efforts to use Women in Leadership to help women reach their maximum potential, Ultimate Software is the 2018 Optimas Award Bronze winner for Vision.