RNnetwork offers the typical perks companies use to lure and retain employees: “You know, picnics and video games—we have all that,” said company President Eric Darienzo.
The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company, which recruits traveling nurses and matches them with hospitals and other healthcare facilities that need short-term help, actually has more than a hundred games in its arcade.
But “play” opportunities are offered by many corporate employers these days. “Much of that is just a ticket to play now,” Darienzo said.
What really defines RNnetwork, he believes, is a leadership commitment to helping staff grow at work and outside of the office, and enjoy their lives at the same time.
“We've really focused on people's professional and personal development,” Darienzo said. Trying to help employees get ahead may also be common, he noted. “But we try to learn what 'ahead' looks like to people.”
That might be more education, aided by company tuition reimbursement. Or it might be a work-life balance tilted toward family, which RNnetwork encourages through a corporate culture that doesn't subtly push people to work longer hours.
“If leadership are the last people to leave, everybody is staying late,” Darienzo said. “We have to put everybody's longevity ahead of short-term goals.”