A focus on Mosaic staff members
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A number of Mosaic agencies face the same challenge: finding enough qualified workers to fill open positions. Providing competitive pay and benefits in a good work environment is always our goal, but the urgency of the current challenge and what we know about the future placed “Retain and engage a mission-driven, values-led workforce” as one of the focus areas of the Mosaic 2.0 strategic plan.
What we know:
- Overall, the United States workforce is projected to grow by 6.8 percent in the next ten years, yet the number of all direct care jobs will grow by more than 40 percent.
- Within the direct care field, the number of workers needed to work with the aging and people with disabilities will grow by 100 percent. (Remember, the baby boomer generation has just started to reach retirement age.)
What does that mean?
- The demand for direct care staff will be greater than the pool of available workers as the workforce ages and long-term care needs increase.
- The 24/7 models of staff support are not sustainable – finding enough employees will be an ongoing challenge.
How we are responding:
Every employee is important to Mosaic’s mission and critical to future success is having employees who bring both their head and their heart to work every day. Mosaic is working to reduce employee turnover so that we can keep good employees. Reducing the turnover rate brings many benefits:
- better relationships with co-workers and the people we serve
- less money spent on recruiting and training new employees and more money for pay and benefits
- higher satisfaction and quality for the people we serve – they care about you and like to see familiar faces in their lives.
Mosaic is exploring new service models that use fewer staff members and increased technology. We’re also working to make sure that our core values are lived every day in every interaction. Our vision states that we want to make a “positive difference in people’s lives” – all people, employees and those we serve alike.
Do you have a great idea?
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mosaic’s Innovation Tournament opens today. It’s your opportunity to share your great ideas about how to make Mosaic an even better provider for the people we serve and their families. We want to make the Forward in Faith vision come to life.
How it works: Go online at www.innovationatmosaic.org and submit your ideas about things Mosaic can do to benefit the people we serve. The contest opens today and will run through May 8. Winning ideas (there may be more than one) will get support and assistance to make them happen at Mosaic. Anyone who submits a winning idea will receive a $500 prize. Some ideas may not need much development and could be placed on a "Quick Track" for implementation. People whose ideas are chosen for the Quick Track will receive a $50 prize.
Submissions will go through three layers of filtering over several weeks. To help create success for your idea, offer as many details as you can.
Remember, the deadline is May 8. The tournament is open to Mosaic employees, people served and their families.
What is your great idea? We want to hear.
Mosaic’s Innovation Tournament -- Nurturing Bright Ideas
Easter brings joy and celebration
Friday, April 3, 2015
“In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.” (Luke 24-22-23)
The promise of new life that is central to the celebration of Easter is a message that is also central to Mosaic. It is the promise of a life filled with possibilities and love.
Today we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, which led to the new life Easter brings.
Thank you to all Mosaic employees who work to make that promise of a life of possibilities real for the people Mosaic serves.
True GOLD found in people
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Congratulations to Mosaic in Colorado Springs for winning the End of the Rainbow Award in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14. Bringing together people served in the day program, the sustainable funding team Ambassadors and the Thrivent Action Team, about 45 people participated in the event.
The theme for the float was “Mosaic Counts Their Blessings in Gold.” Along the parade route they distributed gold paper coins that announced March and National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Some carried ‘pot ‘o gold’ props made by people in the day program. The float, on a trailer donated by an Ambassador, was decorated with black paper to appear and people riding wore yellow – the treasured pot of gold.
“It was a great way to share the good news of how Mosaic is helping people have their perfect day, every day,” said Gayle Gross, Community Relations Manager.
Today is National Employee Benefits Day
Thursday, April 1, 2015
Today is a good opportunity to say "thank you" to the Human Resources staff members who assist Mosaic employees with benefits questions, enrollment and processing.