Fos­ter­ing a sense of fam­ily

Liq­uidA­gents uses so­cial oc­ca­sions to help build team­work, ca­ma­raderie

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PLACES TO WORK 2016 -

THE WORK­PLACE IS EX­PE­RI­ENCED dif­fer­ently at dif­fer­ent stages of life. For many young peo­ple, those in their 20s and early 30s, it’s not just where they spend part of their day un­til they can go home to fam­ily or meet friends. Many are sin­gle—and co-work­ers can some­times be that fam­ily. The work­place often sup­plies their so­cial and sup­port network.

Se­nior lead­ers at nurse staffing firm Liq­uidA­gents Health­care don’t just al­low that kind of work-fam­ily at­mos­phere, they en­cour­age it, from ar­rang­ing post-work happy hours to out­ings such as base­ball games and bowl­ing tour­na­ments, and the oc­ca­sional beer cart Fri­day. Those types of sim­ple so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing a ful­fill­ing place where young peo­ple want to do good work and places that end up be­ing just a rung on a lad­der.

The Plano, Texas-based firm is the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Mil­len­ni­als Award for providers, which rec­og­nizes em­ploy­ers with sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of mil­len­ni­als on staff who are highly en­gaged in the com­pany. Liq­uidA­gents is No. 22 on this year’s rank­ing of the Best Places to Work in Health­care for 2016.

“A lot of peo­ple hang out to­gether af­ter work, and it helps us to build and main­tain re­la­tion­ships,” said Mal­lory Hat­ten, the com­pany’s mar­ket­ing man­ager who is a mil­len­nial herself. The af­ter-work time to­gether fos­ters a sense of team­work that mo­ti­vates em­ploy­ees to do well, she said.

Be­liev­ing in the team isn’t the only thing that mo­ti­vates young peo­ple. And the op­por­tu­nity for ca­reer ad­vance­ment and mak­ing more money is some­thing else Liq­uidA­gents can tout. The com­pany of­fers em­ploy­ees the chance to make hun­dreds of dol­lars a month in com­mis­sions and in­cen­tives, and they can take on new roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as they learn on the job. That means even the youngest, less-tenured work­ers have paths to ad­vance­ment.

“They re­ally do have con­trol over how quickly they move up the lad­der,” Hat­ten said.

A team of vol­un­teers from Liq­uidA­gents Health­care pro­vided as­sis­tance to Frisco (Texas) Fam­ily Ser­vices, a so­cial ser­vices agency.

Mil­len­ni­als Award fi­nal­ists Sup­pli­ers

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