Reading about the perks of working at the Internet search giant Google might cause a serious case of workplace envy. Google employees enjoy onsite healthcare, free gourmet meals, reimbursement for education, napping pods, laundry services, travel insurance, and amazing maternity benefits. They'll even take care of you when you're dead.
All of this adds up to some of the most satisfied and productive workers in the world, who've helped Google grow to the multibillion company that it is today.
Supporting nurses should be a top priority for hospitals as well. If engagement and productivity isn't enough incentive for managers to strengthen their nurses' working environment, a new study shows that supporting nurses also reduces medication errors and improves a hospital's bottom line.
Nursing managers could take a few cues from Google about how to reach those goals. But Google is swimming in cash, hospital leaders might argue huffily, and we can't afford to lavish nurses with free haircuts and organic breakfasts. And they'd be right. It's all many organizations can do to provide decent healthcare benefits.