When Inspire Hospice and Palliative Care was founded in 2018 to serve the Atlanta metro area, its leaders knew early on they wanted to be an employer of choice.
“There’s no specific benefit or pay rate that can create an environment where people want to work—everything comes down to culture,” said Zack Lee, CEO of the organization. “We care a lot about creating a culture where people feel valued and appreciated.”
Amid the staffing shortages hurting the industry, companies at the top of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work list say it’s vital to recognize employees for their efforts and design opportunities to build relationships.
Inspire, which leads its size category on the list, has grown to about 90 employees. Unlike many healthcare organizations, is fully staffed. “We’re hiring, but it’s because of our growth,” Lee said. “We have very little turnover.”
According to Lee, building an effective company culture necessitates adaptability; fair pay; and responsive leaders who provide employees with the tools and education they need to be successful.