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Healthcare IT News: Northwell Health Links Employees With Comprehensive Mobile App

The health system uses myNorthwell app to communicate with employees and create specialized communications for segmented groups. There are millions of employees in the healthcare industry, most of whom work in disparate areas and are anything but deskbound – which can challenge an organization’s internal communications strategy when it comes to relaying information in a timely manner. While effective communications are critical in all industries, it plays an exceptionally important role in healthcare, since the health and safety of patients are at stake. One of the largest hospital systems in the country, Northwell Health, with 61,000 employees, struggled to find a solution to these industry-wide communications challenges. Until it explored the mobile technology route, and ultimately decided on an app to help bring its tens of thousands of workers together. Within the first three months of launching myNorthwell in late 2016, more than 11,000 employees had downloaded the app and were actively engaging with the content, reported Tom Sclafani, vice president of internal communications at Northwell Health. Today, approximately one-third of the workforce has the app downloaded on their devices, and the app receives millions of clicks per year. “Like anything, our app is a work in progress and as we continue to refine our content and channel strategies, the app will continue to evolve,” Sclafani said. “However, as our workforce shifts to include more and more millennials, we anticipate that the app will play an important role in our overall mix of channels.” Northwell Health turned to APPrise Mobile, an employee mobile communications technology vendor, to build the app. There are many similar companies with such tools on... read more

Human Resource Executive: Does Generation Z Have an Image Problem?

Recent surveys find older workers describe Gen Zers as lazy and difficult to train They’re 61 million-plus strong. They’re starting to enter the workplace. And, judging by some recent surveys, lots of other people resent them. “They” are Generation Z, people born between 1994 and 2010. Derided by some members of the older generations as entitled snowflakes, Gen Zers nevertheless came of age during a time of great economic upheaval (the Great Recession) that’s conditioned many of them to view the world with caution. David Stillman, a researcher and author of the recently published Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation is Transforming the Workplace, says their experience make members of this generation more likely to value financial stability in a career than other age cohorts. For my recent story on choosier job candidates, Jenn Prevoznik, SAP’s head of college recruiting, told me that Gen Zers’ desire for security (as well as their heavy college-debt burden) is leading the software maker to consider offering a student-loan-forgiveness benefit. Other observers say members of this generation are more entrepreneurial and work-focused than previous generations. Even so, Gen Z appears be saddled with an image problem that seemingly requires the services of a top-flight PR agency. A survey of nearly 4,000 jobseekers by recruitment firm Nexxt finds that 40 percent of those who are parents of Gen Zers warn that their children are lazier than millennials (Lazier than millennials? Impossible!). The survey finds that baby boomers (no strangers to derision themselves) have the lowest opinion of Gen Z, with 40 percent saying the youngest generation will have a negative effect on the workplace.... read more

iStart: Introducing Your New Workplace Headache: Gen Z

The new (est) breed takes a different approach to tech than their Millennial predecessors… Just when you think you’ve got your noggin wrapped around today’s millennial-centric workplace – with its demands for work/life balance and praise-heavy review policies – along comes a new generation of workers to throw your HR department into a tizzy. Introducing HR’s newest challenge: Gen Z. Born after 1995, and the world’s first true digital natives, Gen Z is coming to a workforce near you soon. So what does the new demographic look like? Predictably, there is some crossover with Millennials. Like Millennials, Gen Zers place a premium on remote working (according to Ernst & Young, 50 percent name schedule flexibility as a priority when evaluating an employer), they’re digitally savvy and they’re victims of some perhaps unfair negative perceptions. But that might just be where the similarities end. Gen Zers are radically career-focused and entrepreneurial. While Millennials are inclined view their careers through a frame of work/life balance and on the positive social outcomes of their work, Gen Zer’s are willing to forgo both these elements in pursuit of the almighty dollar. And it’s little wonder. Likely a generation of lifetime renters, Gen Zers are prepared to make big sacrifices early in the interest of financial security – in stark contrast to the charge so often levelled at Millennials that they refuse to ‘pay their dues’ via long hours in the office. Unfortunately for the incoming Gen Z hordes, entry-level jobs may not be what they once were. Recessive economies and advancing technology have had a deleterious effect on the often-menial and repetitive tasks that historically have... read more

CMS Wire: 10 Elements Needed to Empower Today’s Digital Workplace

If the ongoing discussion about the digital workplace has focused, to a large extent, on global workplace strategies and implementing polices to ensure that work does not get fragmented, enterprises will also have to decide how they are going to tie everything together, what apps they are going to use and whether they will use those apps in the cloud or keep them on premises for the sake of security. Intranets And Digital Workplace The problem is akin to the problems posed by the emergence of intranets in the 1990s, which gave workers a single access point to apps used across the business and in doing so made internal communications between teams relatively easy. Today’s digital workplace goes beyond what intranets were designed to offer. A well-built digital workplace allows workers to communicate not just across the enterprises, but with external workers, partners and customers as well. Web-based technologies have significantly evolved to support these new scenarios and attempt to manage new needs as they emerge. According to Jeff Corbin, CEO and founder of APPrise Mobile, having the appropriate communications technologies in place both between employer and employee as well as employee and employee is key to a productive digital workplace. However, it’s not about the number of technologies implemented, but rather their effectiveness. “A few things to consider in this regard; first, the end-user experience is of utmost importance and the old adage, less is more is critical to developing successful tools for the digital workplace. Second, when considering the many communications tools and platforms currently available in the workplace — messaging, collaboration, VoIP — it’s not about being diplomatic and... read more

HR Dive: Your 2018 Benefits Resolution? Getting the Most Out of What You Have

Organizations seem to understand, be it through past experience or passed-down wisdom, that employee benefits speak to the concept of “more.” Workers want more. That’s a statistical reality; workers across age groups still cite higher pay as a top motivation to move from job to job. And yet, as the concept of work takes on an increasingly more non-traditional form and demographic trends shift toward an unprecedented, five-generation workforce, employers’ thinking often sticks to the same script when it comes to employment perks beyond cash. That is to say, when it comes to the challenge of attracting talent, benefits are really just an addendum to cash — icing on the cake. Besides the benefits mandated by federal law and supplemented by state law, mid-size and large employers in 2018 generally have a growing mix of offerings, from conventional dental coverage to trendier pet insurance. The problem with “more” Despite the addition of these new bells and whistles, employers still waste billions on benefits that go underutilized or, much worse, unrecognized by employees. To make new fixtures truly work, employers may have to change their understanding of what benefits mean to the modern worker, said Gregor Teusch, VP of total rewards at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. “In the old days, it really was about finding a better job, or finding a job with better pay or better benefits,” Teusch told HR Dive. “In the new age, we’re actually entering an era where your job is part of a better experience and better life.” At stake is the ability to capture why perks are relevant to individual employees. A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of employer spend on compensation during September... read more