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Open Communication!

In the many years I have worked at my organization I've seen a number of new initiatives come and go.  Each time, the programs were presented as the next best thing – the “must do” that would take our organization to the next level. 

Why did today feel different?  I found myself asking this question as our senior executives were presenting the details our five-year strategic plan.

This time, the ideas were collaborative, organized and specific, with benchmarks in every area.  This was a plan that involves all of us - a plan for department leaders to discuss with the staff, rather than inform the staff of how it was going to be. 

The executive team had prepared tools to help us engage and solicit input from our staff.  They themselves were asking for feedback:  What can they do better? What suggestions do we have to improve communication?  Here’s where we are. Here’s where we need to be.

Open communication from the top down.  What an idea. …

Yet this concept is still so foreign to many organizations. As I listened, I couldn't help but remember a few years back when this wasn't the case in our organization. Open communication was not a priority then.
Thank goodness it is now... 

Now we all have an idea where we’re headed, and we can feel we’re part of the journey.

Refreshing, isn't it? 

Work With Me People! 

Diversity & Inclusion

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I recently took on a new role of leading diversity and inclusion and employee relations for All Children’s.  I consider it an honor and privilege to serve in a position that not only advocates for all people but leads the way in providing and managing an inclusive environment that is welcoming and supportive to everyone.

There has always been a close link between these areas, so combing the two, creates what I believe to be a perfect combination.   

Diversity and inclusion continues to be hot topics in talent management discussions.  The changing workforce and population demographics are resulting in a shift.  Diversity and inclusion is not just the “right thing to do,” it is increasingly becoming a business imperative. 

We don’t consider it a separate process, but it is really about weaving and integrating it into our overall strategy and how we conduct normal business operations.  When employees feel involved, valued and connected, diverse backgrounds can be leveraged to drive value and business results. 

This is our beginning, but All Children’s is destined to become an industry leader in diversity and inclusion.  Not only because it is becoming a business imperative, but it is really a part of our Culture and our DNA.  I am extremely excited about this opportunity and welcome you to be a part of this journey.

Check out the employment opportunities at All Children’s here; connect with one of our recruiters and like our Facebook page.

J. Conrod

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