Most of us enjoy the opportunity to do our best and then see the positive impact of our efforts. High 5! Reaching High | Growing Stronger is an ongoing program designed to recognize our long-term employees who have celebrated their five-year incremental anniversaries in the prior year. During a cold and snowy February, over 350 Altru members joined in small group sessions with leaders and physician leaders to celebrate their accomplishments and engage in a dialogue on the difference their contributions make.
The message of High 5! was simple: each life creates a ripple effect. Stories were shared about how one decision or “fork in the road” completely changed future paths. Leaders and employees discussed how important and valuable each person and role is to the organization, and that we cannot exist as a whole without each other. Participants were encouraged to note how they can continue to intentionally create positive ripples back in their departments.
One of the activities of High 5! included the creation of a Mind Map where participants sketched out their hopes and dreams for the future of Altru. The collective hopes and dreams of all of the participants have been captured in the “master” mind map image below. Our long-term employees were excited to consider how Altru can meet the needs of patients through increased attention to patient care and service, technology and facility development, access, wellness, community outreach and positive attitudes.
High 5 to you!
Congratulations to all of our employees who dedicate years of service to improve the health and enrich the lives of our patients and their families. Through our collective efforts, we will accomplish our vision to deliver world-class care to the people of our region. We look forward to continuing to recognize our employees with future High 5 sessions.
See also: Top 5 Themes from High 5! in 2013
Karen Mellum, PhD, is an organizational development consultant at Altru. She provides consultation and training on leadership development, team development, change management and employee engagement. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever, running, reading, volunteering and traveling.