At least once a month, usually more often, the CEO of nurse-staffing company LiquidAgents Healthcare meets with employees without their immediate managers. The CEO, Sheldon Arora, hears any concerns employees may have and can respond immediately.
But if that doesn't give Arora enough of a sense of what's going on, he also hits the floor, regularly walking through the area where recruiters and salespeople are working the phones, trying to recruit nurses to match up with the client hospitals that need to fill critical positions.
Employees appreciate that level of access to the top leadership.
“He wants to talk to us,” recruiter David McKenzie said. “He wants to know what problems there are, so he can get it fixed. At another company I worked for in the past, the only time I ever talked to a senior executive was if she wanted something from Starbucks.”
The collaborative approach seems to be effective. LiquidAgents, based in Plano, Texas, is No. 3 on the ranking of small healthcare supplier firms in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2015. It's No. 8 among all suppliers and No. 14 overall.
“These guys out on the floor are the closest to our hospitals and our nurses,” Arora said. “They share all sorts of interesting information about what customers are saying.” He said their feedback is vital because it usually highlights issues he can act on immediately.