This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.
There are myriad positive outcomes that come with building a world-class culture of employee engagement, not the least of which are higher productivity, more ethical behavior, less turnover, and greater profitability. But I have a favorite outcome, which exists within the healthcare industry: better safety compliance.
Sadly, each year hundreds of thousands of people are admitted to hospitals with moderate health conditions, only to leave later in a body bag. The culprit? The spread of infections in the hospital. The gravity of this situation first got my attention when I learned Americans are five times more likely to die of a hospital-acquired infection than a homicide.* Needless to say, that is a very troubling statistic, and even more alarming given that many of these infections could be easily avoided if all healthcare workers followed the proper protocols for health and safety, every time.