Great place to work

by Mary Rains

Mille Lacs Health System

Mille Lacs Health System Long Term Care (Aging Services) achieved certification status from Great Place to Work®, an organization which is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through assessment tools and certification programs, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

Ninety-two percent of the employees who care for residents at MLHS Long Term Care in any capacity answered survey questions that were “Great”-related items, such as Great Atmosphere, Pride, Rewards, Communication, and Bosses. Through the survey, 97% of employees said they felt good about the ways they contributed to the community, and 88% said they felt proud to tell others they worked at MLHS LTC. The 57-bed facility provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care, and a robust Activities department. The designation is important because it outlines – for potential nurses, nursing assistants, and activities staff – perks, compensation, programs for employees (including continuing education) that are unique to the facility.

“The employees who care for our residents demonstrate respect and esteem, for both the people living here and the people who work here,” said Kathy Kleen, R.N. and MLHS LTC Director of Nursing. “Prospective employees have a way to look at us online to see how committed we are to hiring people who are a good fit for our team, and they can also see more about what makes us special.”

Great Place to Work® uses interviews and other metrics to carefully certify companies that go above and beyond to invest in employees; have a one-of-a-kind workplace culture, which feels more like a family than a company; and where employees look forward to their work and have pride in what they do.

With the 41st annual National Nursing Assistants Week being celebrated June 14-21, Mille Lacs Health System is proud to recognize its many nursing assistants, especially those who work with the elderly population in its Long Term Care. “Our nursing assistants play such a vital role in the stability and quality of our care,” said Kleen. “We are so lucky to have great employees, and we want to recognize them and their contributions.”