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What Does it Mean to Manage Productivity?

What does it mean to manage productivity? In the third and final installment of our video series on productivity, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart discusses the key steps to implementing a successful productivity system and establishing a culture of accountability within an organization. Benchmarking a facility and comparing its performance to that of like hospitals or health systems is the first phase. The next component is using the information gathered to identify opportunities for improvement and establish realistic goals for change.

Why Manage Productivity?

Why manage productivity? In the second segment of our video series spotlight on productivity, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart explores the motivating factors behind controlling costs and establishing appropriate staffing levels through performance improvement strategies. Reinvestment back into the organization and its employees along with better service to the community are detailed among the top priorities. Watch now and let ALTIUS help elevate the application of productivity management in your hospital or health system! .

What is Productivity?

What is productivity? We are all familiar with this term, though some may choose to avoid it, but do we really know what it means? In this short video, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart breaks down the concept of productivity by debunking many common misconceptions and explaining how it applies to the business of healthcare in today’s environment. She provides hospital leaders with an informative guide to keeping productivity and efficiency at the forefront of their management strategies in order to promote cost-savings and sustainability within their organizations. Watch now and let ALTIUS help elevate your knowledge about productivity! .

Avoid the “Black Hatters”

We are all familiar with Black Friday and the Mad Hatter, but what about the less popular Black Hatters? Unfortunately, the term "Black Hatter" does not refer to discounted shopping or a whimsical fairy tale character like the others. It carries with it a more negative connotation. Black Hatters are the "change agents," interim executives and outside resources, brought into failing organizations to make quick and dramatic vicissitudes.

Your Budget: Stuffed Like a Thanksgiving Turkey?

The holidays are a time for indulging and even being a bit gluttonous. For many healthcare organizations, the season also marks the start of the fiscal year-end. While it is difficult not to be pre-occupied with the party-planning, dinner menus, present-buying, and the other personal distractions that come with this time of year, hospital leaders need to be diligent and focused on ensuring that their organizations are poised to successfully meet the demands of 2020! The most significant part of this preparation is a well-planned budget.

Boo! Scare Tactics that Backfire

Many healthcare leaders adopt a "tough love" approach when it comes to managing employee performance and expectations. This method may work well for some staff members, but not all will embrace the negativity it can create. Understanding your team and the styles they respond positively to is critical in realizing continued operational success and employee satisfaction.

Continuous Education

Summer is ending, and school is back in session. The age-old routine of alarm clocks and homework is in full swing once more. However, for working adults, does learning ever really stop? There is no break from the day to day responsibilities surrounding one’s career, especially for those professionals in the ever-changing healthcare industry.

Productivity: Not a Stranger Thing!

Productivity is a concept that has long been feared, like a dark shadow or something that goes bump in the night, and it is still a source of anxiety for many healthcare professionals. For most, their experience, or the tales of others’ experiences, with productivity have left them scarred. The popular Netflix show Stranger Things, set in the 1980's, is purposefully dated to elicit feelings of nostalgia among viewers and balance the suspense of its supernatural-thriller plot line.