Long-serving employees can be thought of as a rarity in these times of job-hopping and career uncertainty.
The national average tenure in a job in 2019 is 3.3 years (three years and four months, according to McCrindle Research).
At Anglican Care, we have just recognised another milestone in the level of dedication and loyalty of our staff which continues to buck national trends.
Anglican Care, one of the region’s major providers of aged care providing residential aged care, community and home care and retirement living, this week marked “Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day” by recognising 359 employees out of our workforce of 1020 for lengths of service ranging from one year anniversaries to 30 years.
Their combined service to the organisation added up to 1268 years — a massive pool of knowledge and experience.
About one-third of our employees are aged 55 or over, showing Anglican Care is valued as a long-term employer and also one dedicated to empowering the older worker.
We value the caring role every Anglican Care employee has in the welfare and happiness of our residents and consumers, and our contribution to the Hunter and Mid Coast workforce was reflected in Anglican Care’s recognition as an employer of choice finalist in both the Hunter Business Chamber awards and Mid North Coast Business Excellence Awards.
According to Australian Aged Care Agenda, working with seniors can be very rewarding but can also take its toll on the health of nurses and care workers.
Caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society and dealing with emotional issues such as deterioration in a person’s health can be challenging, so it is little surprise that stress is commonly experienced among aged care nurses and care staff.
These emotional challenges, coupled with ensuring a good quality of life for residents and consumers, mean that stress is the leading workplace issue in the aged care industry.
Anglican Care has worked hard to be an employer of choice through its initiatives to retain, train and nurture its staff because they are a key to the welfare and well-being of our 1600 residents and consumers.
It is not always the easiest of professions, especially at the moment with such a focus on the sector from the Royal Commission, but it takes a caring, empathetic and dedicated soul to care for those entrusted to us.
We aim to make a continuation to the region as a leading employer with compassion at our heart and a forward-looking vision for inclusion and caring.
We endeavour to provide flexible work practices, together with reward and recognition strategies, and continually explore opportunities to ensure we are recognised as an employer of choice.
Earlier this year, Anglican Care introduced a new 12-month leadership program, ‘Leadership Matters’ which is open to all employees across the organisation on an application basis with 25 places available at no cost to participants. The program is suited to experienced managers or those wanting to learn leadership skills that can be used both professionally and personally.
Anglican Care considers that all Australians who are eligible and in need of aged care services are equally entitled to receive it.
Culture, language, religion or sexual orientation should in no way compromise this right. Services provided should be responsive to the diversity of the individual residents’/consumers’ needs, fully respecting their cultural and linguistic backgrounds and deliver equitable outcomes.
From the community as a whole, we say “Thank you” to each and every one who works in the aged care sector.