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Jump in, the water's fine: Labor pools, like this one in the Northwest region, help deploy the right people to the right places to fight COVID-19.
Using a model perfected by building trades unions, KP and Partnership unions create labor pools to deploy the right workers to the right places in the fight against COVID-19.
“Our UBT is very focused on teamwork. When we meet, our badges are off. It’s no longer ‘manager,’ ‘therapist,’ ‘assistant’ or ‘aide.’ Not having the traditional hierarchy has made a big difference. For example, our team had injuries related to patient positioning. We did a project called ‘Gimme a Boost.’ In doing a process map, we learned that one major gap was everyone's understanding of counting and moving on ‘three’ before boosting the patient together. Since standardizing our counting process, our staff has had no injuries as a result of boosting patients up in bed.”—Victor W. Shen, assistant director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (L.A. Medical Center)
Humans of Partnership Speak Up
As these short stories make clear, your voice matters.
April 17, 2017
At first, these frontline workers rolled their eyes at UBTs. But their experiences improving performance and teamwork changed their outlook.
From Skeptics to Believers
Eye-rolling at first, then a growing appreciation.
December 7, 2016
Manager Nee Tang cultivates the skills it takes to help workers feel comfortable speaking up.
How to Create a ‘Speak-Up’ Culture
<p>Four ways managers can encourage their employees to feel safe about speaking up.</p>
September 7, 2016
"ALL HERE FOR EACH OTHER": By working together, the pharmacy team built trust and dramatically decreased injuries. Shown here, left to right: Nachelle Walker, Clinical Pharmacy Services manager; Ramee Chambers, a Transitional Care manager; and Chakana Mayo, a pharmacy technician and UFCW Local 770 member who is also the team’s workplace safety champion.
Why We Speak Up
Pharmacy eliminates nearly all workplace injuries.
Chakana Mayo, a pharmacy technician and UFCW Local 770 member, is a workplace safety champion for her team.
On Speaking Up When You're Not the Boss
<p>Get advice from two union members who've done it.</p>
Deashimikia Williams, a member of OPEIU Local 2, is a customer service representative in Maryland.
Dancing the Stress Away
A high-stress department learns to chill.
May 18, 2016
Hair on Fire? There's Hope
Tips and tools to tame workplace stress.
May 13, 2016
Regaining control: Shannon Cazinha (left), UBT development consultant, worked with management co-lead Linh Chau (center) and union co-lead Fairy Mills (right) to help their Northwest pharmacy team make improvements that gave members more control over their work.
From Tears to Cheers
How one pharmacy team turned its culture around.
Wendy Watson manages stress through vigorous exercise.
How Managers Manage Stress
Tips for and by frontline leaders.
Katie Richardson, MD, master juggler: pediatrician, director of Physician Experience for the Colorado Permanente Group, the mom of an 11-year-old daughter—and expert stressbuster.
First, Heal Thyself
A physician talks about managing stress.
Solving problems together as a team, such as this one in Georgia, can help keep stress and burnout at bay.
From the Desk of Henrietta: Relieve Stress With ‘Yes, and’
Beat burnout through partnership.
The Woodland Hills Intensive Care Unit has built a speak up culture with interdisciplinary rounds on patients. As a result, the team has high morale, low turnover—and its patients suffer fewer hospital-acquired infections.
The Three Cs to Success
Consistency, communication, collaboration bring better care.
April 13, 2016