June 19, 2018
Horizon Health Services began in 1975 with a single location in Buffalo, NY. Today, the agency has more than 600 employees providing a full continuum of services at more than 20 locations in three counties.
At Horizon, staff satisfaction and growth are at the heart of workforce development.
Really—the agency trains all new staff on the Communicate with H.E.A.R.T. model, a communication model developed by the Cleveland Clinic.
"The H.E.A.R.T. (Hear, Empathize, Apologize, Respond, and Thank) model differentiates us," says Veronica Meldrum, Vice President of Employee Services. "It provides a framework for a collaborative work environment, solving problems, and keeping the customer at top of mind in all of our day-to-day operations."
"We are as proud today as we were the first time we received the award," says Meldrum.
Another critical factor? Continually seeking staff feedback.
Benefits and Compensation Study
"Being named a Best Place to Work is a huge honor because it largely depends on results of anonymous surveys our employees complete," explains Meldrum.
Meldrum says that Horizon takes a creative approach to addressing the many factors that complicate staff recruitment and retention today. "We will continue to strive to improve our workplace and the work experience of our employees. Every single person at our organization, whether providing direct service or working behind the scenes, has a critical role."
ATTC Resources for Workforce Recruitment and Retention
Publications: National Workforce Study
National Workforce Report 2017: A National Qualitative Report
Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of the Addictions Treatment Workforce
Webinar: Workforce Recruitment and Retention: A Review of Strategies
June 28, 2018, 11:00am CT
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