Headlines about retention challenges in home health and home care might create the impression that agencies are not great places to work. But at least a few standouts challenge this notion—including the home health companies that appear on this year’s Fortune rankings of the top 20 workplaces in health care.
Dallas-based Encompass Home Health and Hospice nabbed the No. 2 ranking, up one spot from 2015. Not surprisingly, given its consistent high ranking, Encompass scored very well on a variety of metrics, with 96% of workers saying that management is honest and ethical, 95% saying workers are given a lot of responsibility, and 94% saying their workplace is great. That’s based on 655 employee surveys.
Founded in 1998, Encompass has 230 sites in the United States and employs more than 8,100 people. Its annual revenues are around $370 million. It saw 10% voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year, according to data collected for the rankings.
Coming in right on the heels of Encompass at No. 3 on the list is Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, based in Eatontown, New Jersey.
While much smaller than Encompass at only 14 locations and 167 employees, Preferred’s 3% voluntary turnover rate for full-time employees still stands out. Preferred’s workers take great pride in what they do and have high praise for the workplace environment, with 98% of workers reporting that there is “often or almost always” a great atmosphere, according to 140 employee surveys. Great communication, great bosses, and great challenges also help Preferred stand out from the pack.
Preferred also offers a flexible schedule option used by 15% of employees.
Jackson, Michigan-based Great Lakes Caring also made the rankings, coming in at No. 18. The home health and hospice provider offers a popular telecommute option, with 60% of employees taking advantage of it, according to Fortune.
Great Lakes Caring has 22 sites. It has nearly 1,400 employees, and saw 13% voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year.
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Written by Tim Mullaney