How to Use Personality Testing to Improve Employee Engagement

Are you an introvert, a yellow or a D? Those are some of the terms that describe people’s personalities as measured by common assessments. Employers can use personality tests to gain insight into how employees prefer to process information, make decisions and interact with one another. The most common personality tests used in HR settings include: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Keirsey Temperament Sorter DiSC These assessments break personalities down in different ways: some, such as DISC, have as few as four outcomes, while the Myers-Briggs assessment yields 16 categorizations. Whatever the result, these designations can help provide employees and company leaders with valuable insights about the organization. Assessing personalities and sharing the results with employees can be transformational, says Joan Tremblay, an organizational leadership trainer and coach. “In one organization, there had been a 20-plus-year feud between two managers with very different personality styles that affected the morale of each division,” …

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Overcome Your Exercise Plateau

People often abandon their workouts when the results — getting stronger or slimmer — begin to dwindle. In most cases, reaching a plateau simply means you’re progressing toward fitness and ready for a new level of workout. If you’re stuck on a plateau, fitness specialists recommend enhancing your routine 4 ways using the FITT principles — Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. This strategy can be adopted for cardio exercise and resistance training. Frequency — how often: Increase the number of your workouts or exercise days. Example: From 4 days to 6 days per week. Intensity — how hard: Increase the difficulty or level at which you exercise. Example: Increase heart rate maximum from 65% to 90% (following the proper exercise heart rate range for your age). Time — how long: Increase your minutes per workout. Get a minimum of 150 minutes per week. Type — activity: Change the type of activity (e.g., replace 2 cardio workouts with strength training or walking outdoors). …

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4 Rules for Medication Safety

Medication errors are all too common. Prescription drug use is widespread and increasingly risky for those taking multiple medicines. In addition, fake online pharmacies are illegally selling prescription drugs that often contain the wrong substances or harmful dosages. While drugs are lifesaving for hundreds of conditions, misuse of medicine in the U.S. has led to nearly 700,000 emergency visits and 100,000 hospitalizations per year. To lower your risk of getting sick from your medicine, keep a close watch on what you’re taking. 1. Know what each drug does. When your health care provider prescribes a new medicine, ask what it does and how it will help you. Learn how to use it and what to expect. Read and save the information for every prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicine you use. Ask your provider or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines and dietary supplements produce some degree of side effects, which your provider and pharmacist …

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How Hospitals Can Improve Relationships with Physicians

Medical practice is increasingly moving toward a physician employment model. According to a survey by the Physicians Foundation, 43.7 percent of responding physicians said they were employed by a hospital or medical group in 2012; in 2016, 57.9 percent said they were. As the health care working environment evolves, the relationships hospitals have with these employed physicians also need to shift.  “Prioritizing efforts that restore and improve the joy in practice is key for hospitals to gain a competitive advantage to successfully recruit and retain physicians,” says Shanna Kirshenblatt, an innovation consulting associate at Chicago-based Healthbox, a health care innovation platform. Here’s how hospitals can improve their relationships with physicians. Highlight Your Mission Health care is meaningful work, and that appeals to physicians, says Christian Nielson, principal consultant at DecisionWise, an employee engagement platform. A clear mission can help physicians connect the work they do with the impact they have …

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