Employees are battling inflation. CEO Responds With Tone-Deaf Email

If your employees are trying to survive in constant inflation, what’s the best thing to do? Anita L.A. Jenkins, CEO of Howard University Hospital, decided to send an email to employees giving their employees helpful tips for saving on the budget. The email was posted on Reddit’s r/nursing subredditAnd it has some good points:

At Howard University Hospital, I want you to understand that we are carefully managing our dollars. Now more than ever, we must be mindful of what ingredients we buy and how much we spend. We should also be careful with our current hospital resources…we should be prudent with the resources we have.”

It would have been nice if she had left it there, but she went a step further and offered tips on how employees can save money at home. Registered nurse and activist, Sarah Warren, shares her thoughts on how Jenkins went too far.

Jenkin’s email tips caused rage on Reddit and probably didn’t make local employees very happy. It included the following tips for saving money.

  • buy your pantry
  • do your laundry at night
  • Use your air conditioning instead of rolling down the windows in your car.
  • prepare home meals
  • Choose Store Brand Instead of Brand Name

Sure, these are great tips but a . coming from CEOs Who Might Make Over $600,000 A Year (industry average and what a Previous Howard University Hospital CEO Earned), these undoubtedly ended up like a lead balloon. It’s not that the tips are bad; It’s just that they’re dull, generic, and not something a CEO should suggest.

I reached Howard University Hospital on Monday via phone and email, but they did not contact me. If they do, I’ll update at that time.

If your employees struggle with the cost of everything, asking them to search their cabinets for canned peaches won’t help. Here’s what you should do:

When you can’t offer a raise.

Many businesses operate on close margins, and many founders do not take a salary themselves when times are weak. Sometimes there is no money for a salary increase. To increase someone’s salary, you have to decrease someone else’s salary. So be honest with your employees.

Don’t keep finances a secret. If you don’t have money, you don’t have it. Yes, you might have fired people, and if you can’t pay the market rate, you’ll struggle to replace them, but people are more accepting when they know the truth.

Now, when you give a big bonus to the executives, telling people you don’t have cash doesn’t work well. It will destroy trust.

When you have money, everyone is earning a market rate salary.

It happens too – and you want money to reinvest in the business, provide bonuses, or put it in your pocket. You don’t have to say yes to every request, and you don’t have to feel guilty about it.

Communicate with you, have seen over the counter pay, and they are at market rates. Show data to employees. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you’re probably not paying people at their true market rates.

You can feel free to pay people at salaries above market rate. This can go a long way towards employee retention. Remember that turnover is expensive – it’s often cheaper to pay people a little more and keep them for longer.

Whatever you do, don’t be condescending.

This email did not provide useful and unique information, andThat air conditioning information is disputed at best, It would have been better for Jenkins to keep her fingers still after being briefed about the hospital.

I’m sure he thought it was useful information. I’m pretty sure most people didn’t.

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