– A message from Amanda Allen, Director of Recruiting
It’s only natural that you may be wondering who our caregivers are. After all, you’ll be trusting them with some of the most important and personal work in the world. This may leave you wondering how we recruit our caregivers and what our standards are.
What do we look for in caregivers?
When it comes to recruiting caregivers we are sure that we recruit the very best to care for our clients. We have a stringent vetting process including reviewing employment history, background checks, references and drug tests.
Our caregivers range from different backgrounds and varied years of experience. But there is one very important common thread that we look for when recruiting caregivers. They care about seniors and want to make a positive impact in their lives. They choose this work because this is where they truly want to be of service to seniors.
How do we recruit caregivers?
If you’ve ever looked for a job you know the drill – apply online, attend a job fair, or seek a recruiter who specializes in your niche or industry. But you know how we get the best applicants? Word of mouth. That’s the best part of recruiting with Sunland. We have some very satisfied caregivers and they let their peers know when there is a job opening (and their peers love them for that!).
How do we train and maintain a happy caregiver group?
From caregivers to management, all of us at Sunland have the same core values. Our mission is to provide the most compassionate, thoughtful and professional care out there for our senior clients. They mean the world to us. So we look for those core values when hiring caregivers. When we find such special individuals, we want to give back to them – and keep them around!
It’s no secret that when you treat someone well, there is a trickle-down effect. Traci Beagley, Founder and CEO, said it best, “When our caregivers are happy with the company they work for, they do a better job with our clients.” And that about sums it up, right? We are sure to provide benefits to our caregivers that other companies don’t.
After caregivers are recruited, we provide full benefits and paid training – a perk not offered at every facility. We take the experience they came with, and turn them into no just superior caregivers, but care experts. We don’t just train once. We are sure to have regular paid training so caregivers are up to the latest innovations in the healthcare world. They in turn feel so confident about performing their jobs, that their professional and knowledgeable demeanor with seniors becomes effortless. In turn, our clients and their families feel a sense of comfort and trust. It’s a win-win.
I’ll share a little secret. Performance incentives and acknowledgment of contributions go a long way in motivating our caregivers. We have a board in our meeting room with every caregiver’s name on it. When someone has a great week or has accomplished a goal, they are rewarded. It may sound like a small thing, but those little acts of encouragement strengthen morale of employees, which is reflected in the care they provide.
Our legacy of serving seniors continues, and we could not do it without our outstanding caregivers. Let’s rise and give them a round of applause.