3 Tips for Battling the Workforce Shortage in Senior Dining

Workforce shortages are frustrating. If you find yourself in an endless cycle of recruiting and training for the same positions every month, you are not alone. Today, we’re giving you three tips for battling shortages in senior dining to help you reduce turnover and improve connections between residents and employees. Embrace Turnover Lowering your turnover rate is a noble goal to have. But, believe it or not, learning to embrace turnover will have a positive impact on employee engagement and even help you reduce your turnover percentage. What does it mean to embrace turnover? Stop wondering how long an employee is going to stay, and start focusing on opportunities to support an employee in reaching their goals. Don’t tip toe around it. There is immense power in saying, “I would love it if you chose to stay here for 3, 5, 10 years, but I know that may not be your plan. That’s ok! Tell me about your goals while I DO have you here so we can discuss how I can help you achieve them.” Accept that you are often a stepping stone to the next thing, and be willing to offer them opportunities to develop and hone their skills while you have them. You will find yourself with employees that are more engaged, loyal, and fulfilled. Give Them the Tools With a workforce shortage, we must attract talent from other industries like universities, restaurants, hospitality, and healthcare. The competition for attracting talent is fierce. We can showcase ways senior living is a great choice. However, if we are offering sub-standard tools for staff, we won’t convince workers...