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Shinning Star Program

recognition of star workers

 

 

Make up a bunch of stars out of yellow construction paper and cover with glitter in advance and pass out to your residents and dept.heads in your facility to give to your staff when you see them doing something kind or for going the extra mile with your residents.Then at your monthly staff meeting or at your in-services hold a raffle and put all the stars with the persons name on the back of the star into a box and pick three winners.First prize could be a gift certificate to a local restaurant(go around town and explain what you are doing and alot of times you can get it donated).Second prize could be a $10.00 gift certificate to a local grocery store.Third prize could be a video rental and popcorn from a local video store.

Use your imagination on the prizes and get the help of your administrator or Director.Really promote this idea,it gets moral up and is fun for your residents as well.good luck. :-)

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We use to do word games and invite the staff to help out with finding words from one big word. Also, put up a little poster with trivia on it for staff only. Put pictures of staff memebers around the building. Whomever won the trivia got a lollipop. Pat8231 8-)

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We just had our "Beat the Blues" . We do something different each year in Feb. This year our topic was " A Cruise". We chose Hawaii. We had Hawaaian games in the morning. Each team consisted of a resident and a staff member. We did the Dolphin Toss and the Hula Hoop ( which was a basketball game with a hawaaian grass shirt around it). They each had the same amount of tries; however the staff member had to sit back further away from the target. We kept score. Then we gave out 1st, 2nd,and 3rd place ribbons to each team who won. Also took pictures of them playing;and the winners at the end. It was a very successful event and lots of fun. Great way to involve staff and residents. If you have any ideas of this nature, please post.

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Hello to all!

We are planning on our annual education update fair for all employees so they can get all the updates they need, all in one day. Nsg is asking activities to contribute to the event by "making the fair fun" Any ideas?

Kevin

District V FHCACA

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We had something similar at our facility.I bought lottery tickets and passed them out after my inservice to the staff that answered the questions correctly.

Another time we passed raffle tickets to the staff that answered correctly,then held a raffle,and gave away small prizes ($.99 cent store).

If you want to go all out,set up a booth with a carnival style game( we did the balloon dart game)and put our inservice information on index cards and had the staff answer questions,when they answered correctly they got a dart to try to pop the balloon(under the balloon was a prize,like a gift certificate to mc donalds,blockbuster,a local store,etc)every one had a great time and got the information we needed them to know.I hope this gives you some help.Gina

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Thanks for the ideas! For sure, they love getting scratch off tixs at my place... Hmmm maybe "Impare" the staff b4 they throw those darts, and get a little inservice in there too!......

 

Kevin

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I would like to incorporate some "Fun Days", activities to get employees more involved with work & FUN! My AL residents would also probably be a part of this. What do any of you do promote FUN and Team building within your facility? Thanks!

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Our SNF does potlucks and things like Olympics that incorporates staff and resident participation. We also do BBQ's together on certain holidays like 4th of July. It is a good way of building bonds and bridges with staff and residents and is one way to make "a house truly a HOME" Your residents/clients are the reason your there and when you have a close relationship with one another you prolong the lives and energy of your residents and the longevity of your staff. It's sometimes refered to as the "buy-in" When staff "buy-in" to empowering residents and their quality of life then EVERYONE WINS! I know I'm probably preaching to the choir but I guess after 30 years in this business I get pretty passionate about quality of life for everybody (staff and residents alike). Thanks for listening.

Lyro Downie-Cyphers

Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation

Mercer Island, Washington

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with the holidays coming up it is perfect time to include staff & res.

you do a secert santa - have staff draw a res name from hat and be their secert santa for a week. they should leave them a card or note everyday. they could leave other items like a dollar store trinket, scratch off, gum, coke etc.. then at the end of the week have a party to reveal the secret santa to res. you could do this the other way around by letting res. be secret sanat for staff

have a unit decorating contest, units compete against each other. this could be just for the nurse station or for the entire unit.

have staff pick out a femal & male res. daily for a week (on there unit) and nam ethem the ling or queen for the day. think of another title beside king & queen, something that fits this time of the year.

Have staff bring in baby pictures of themself and hang these in a central location. let res. guess who the picture is of. res could write down who they think each picture is and the one with the most correct answers get s a prise. maybe you want to switch it around from staff pics to res pics.

make a board up and name it something like pat on the back. cut out some hands to leave by the board. explain to res, family members, volunteer and staff that when they see someone do something that is above the call of duty they should write that staff persons name on the hand along with what they (staff) did and place it on the board. at the end of every week give the staff members a certificate or award of some type. take all of the hands down and start it again do this for about a month.

just a few suggestions for you P

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I am finishing up a book about Staff Motiviation Activities. If you have any ideas that are different that you want to submit you will be referenced next to your activity. I need the ideas by before May 15, please e-mail them to k8822@hotmail.com. Please include a brief description of your idea, your name, city and state, title and how many years in the field. Thank you for your help

Karen Connelly :-D

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Tinki,

 

If possible, I would be interested in reading what you put together. Is there anyway you could post it or email it others? If so, my email address is mashondas@hotmail.com

 

The Administrator is constantly asking us dept. heads for employee morale boosting activities/events, but what we suggest, normally go unanswered. Besides, I think she should really ask the other staff what would boost their morale instead of us (dept. heads.)

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Mashonda,

 

I can't post or e-mail the book because it will be copyrighted soon. But I can give you a few ideas from it.

 

Have a Staff Favorite's Night - Have the residents, staff and family members vote. Have categories like loudest laugh, most talkative, best smile, friendliest, hardest worker, best dressed, best hair, etc..

 

Scratch offs - Give scracth off's out when you see a staff member going above and beyond.

 

Staff T-Shirt Design Contest - Have a contest for the staff to design a T-shirt for the facility. Let the residents choose the winner. Make the shirts and sell them, give the winner 2 free T-shirts for winning.

 

Hope these help, if you need more ideas let me know

 

Karen

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Some ideas.....

 

Resident/Staff Bingo (since it is so popular in nursing homes anyways) - where the staff get to win the prizes with the residents they help with the game.

 

Have Resident Council vote on Star Staff of the month and post monthly - include a certificate that states the staff recognition to give to staff memeber and to put in their employee folder, announce it at next all staff inservice, and maybe even add a movie pass for two.

 

An idea I saw from a Mariner (now SAVA Senior Care) newsletter, was a sister facility had a Fear Factor activity with the staff trying different events. The residents were the audience. They had to eat gross food and do simple stunts I think.

 

Great staff motivator - out of building get togethers. Ranges from softball team, outside volunteering (Alzheimer's Walk, Walk for Diabetes or Breast Cancer) or even just a company picnic at a nearby park - nearby because those who are still working can stop by on their lunch break.

 

Diana Castellanos

Activity Director for 5 years

Memorial Medical Nursing Center

San Antonio, Texas

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I'm desperatly trying to find service lapel pins for employee motivation as well as key tags for our residents. i've gotten several catalouges but they all require minimum order quantities of 100 at least or more. we are a small facility and can''t really afford to blow my budget on these things. I really think they are importanat though. Does anyone know of a compnay with smaller minimun orders fro cheap prices?

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Hello,

Check out Positive Promotions. They have many different items to pick from and you can place small orders. I have placed many orders with them and they are a great company to deal with. Their prices are average. Hope this helps!

www.positive promotions.com or 1-800-635-2666

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Hi! I was wondering what, if any, employee recognition programs are in place at your facility? Is there a daily thank you or we appreciate you kinda thing? Weekly? Monthly? Or just on special dates? Are you responsible for the program?

 

Sept 11-17 is National Housekeeping Week in addition to National Assisted Living Week. We have awesome housekeepers! I want to do something special for them. Our facility is the cleanest facility I have ever been in. I don't know how those women do it!

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Our facility has a week named Employee Appreciation Week once a year.

We usually hold a bar-b-q for them and have soda and ice cream. The employees also get to wear jeans on one day or have a dress-down day.

They also each get a special gift to know they are appreciated. One year they got a lunchbag with our logo printed on it. Inside was a "dollar" to the vending machine, a bag of potato chips, etc.This year they got a bag with our logo on it and a fleece blanket. It's the little things that matter.

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Hi, I took the course at activitydirector.org "Tricks to Motivate Your Staff". The price is right and got lots of info from it. Even though I am not an AD I figured I could always use the info as an AA. Hope this helps you. Pat8231 8-)

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hi all, at our facility twice a year we have huge parties (mid-year and christmas) where staff, volunteers or patients are encouraged to perform some entertainment. We are at the stage of needing some new ideas - they can be ideas for songs or any skits requiring acting. Here are some Some of our more successful things we have done over the last few years: dressing up as dolly parton and dancing to '9to5', dressing up tropically in leius to dance to 'I go to rio' by peter allen, dressing up as the blues brothers and dancing to 'shake a tail feather', having a mock wedding, complete with mock ceremony and reception, dressing in raincoats and umbrellas to 'singing in the rain', dressing as nuns and acting out scene from sisteract "i love him???"...etc..... idoes anybody have any other suggestions for iconis songs we could do this year, all the above ideas worked really well and the residents love to see what we will do next

 

tyson

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Guest Tinki

One of our consultants from www.activitydirector.com shared this idea and I think it would be a great Staff Motivation idea!

 

Have a Motivation Month- Gather 31 small prizes and each day pull a staffs name from a hat and let the staff member who's name is drawn pick from your box of prizes!

 

Karen

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Ok here is my two cents. I started to have once a month thing for the staff. Last month I made virgin strawberry daquires at the end of shift/beginning of shift. Last month I had bingo for the staff. Three prizes, first game regular bingo then an X and then full card. FOr the full card I gave gift cert $10, the other bingo was large candy bars, bags of candy, water bottles, snacks. I announce the numbers to staff five at a time. I bought the cards at Wal-mart for 3.99. I hand out pens and high lighters. I have had alot of positive feed back form the staff. We also have employee of the month. We give gift cert. and a parkings place and their picture is posted in the lobby on a plac. Hope this helps Tracy

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Hey Guys,

 

I am at a conference in New Mexico and one of the Social Services ladies for a local facility shared this staff motivation idea with me and I really like it!

 

Fist Full of Money

This activity is for only staff that have been employed for a year or more.

 

First get a nice present bag and wad up dollar bills, five, ten and twenty dollar bills, depending on what you can afford to spend on this activity. Make sure this is done at a big staff event where all staff can watch. Let each qualified staff member stick their hand in QUICKLY and grab a fist full of Money. The big thing here is they only get one quick grab and that is it! So staff will win alot more - it is all luck! I really like this idea!!!

 

Karen

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Hello,

I think my building has come across a great way to bring the staff and residents together. We call it our Monthly Leadership Challenge. Each month the Activity Department {who else!} comes up with a specific challenge for our Leadership Team {Department Heads} to do with the residents. We have done such crazy things as “What’s My Line” where the DH’s had to guess what job title was picked by asking the panel questions. This was a hoot! At Easter, each department had to make a float to be in our Easter Parade. Our Maintenance Department won that one since they came in on a flat cart with Beach Boys music blaring and handing out orange “floats” to the residents. {Hey, no one said bribery was excluded!} One of my favorite was our “12 Days of Christmas.” Each DH picked their ‘day’ out of a hat and had to act it out as the residents sang {or tried to sing in between all the laughter!} the “12 Days” song at our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The poor DH’s who picked low numbers! This was hysterical! Since the Activity Department is always creating the challenge, we never get to participate so starting this month one DH will have their name drawn out of a hat and they will have to come up with the next months challenge. Our residents really look forward to these events. Everyone is invited, including family. It gives our residents a chance to see another side of us other than the ‘business’ side. Some other ideas we had were Iron Chef, tennis match {glad I didn’t have to participate in that one!}, Family Feud, Scarecrow decorating to resemble your department, etc… The ideas are endless! Your residents will love it. Have fun.

~Tammy

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