Atlantic Health System
What They Do
Provide state-of-the-art health care in a comfortable, family-friendly environment across several nonprofit New Jersey hospitals.
What Makes Atlantic Health System Great
Ninety-two percent of Atlantic Health System employees say they want to work for the company for a long time. For those who wish, that hope can come true, even well beyond retirement. While some companies find older, more experienced employees' salaries a drain on company resources, Atlantic Health System goes out of their way to target mature workers through senior placement agencies, and has created a 1,000 Hour Club, which enables retirees to keep working on a part-time basis — up to 1,000 hours per year — without losing their benefits. This allows employees to earn extra income post-retirement and Atlantic Health System to continue to benefit from the knowledge of its valued retirement-age staff.
While the extra income is no doubt an important motivating factor, don't undestimate the draw of the chance to retain a connection to the Atlantic Health System community, one that nine out of 10 employees or more describe as a family, in which people can be themselves, make a difference, and work amongst friendly, competent people.
"Each morning when I come in to work, everyone from the person delivering the canned goods to the food-service area to the executive staff looks each other [in] the eye and says, 'Good morning,' 'How are you?' etc.," one employee gushes. "I am proud to tell everyone I know that I am employed [here]. It is a fantastic hospital filled with fantastic employees."
Atlantic Health System is a nonprofit health care organization headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. It employs a 8,510 team members, and about 77 percent of its staff is female. Its medical centers are located in New Jersey, in Morristown (3,750 employees), Summit (2,380 employees) and Newton (847 employees).
The system puts a lot of attention toward responding to employees' needs as individuals, across their five locations, as well as across the numerous roles involved in delivering their health care. Doctors, nurses and support staff often work shifts outside of the typical 9-to-5 schedule, so Atlantic Health System makes sure to include all employees in special events. The annual Nurses Week celebration, for instance, includes awards, inspirational speakers, meals and chair massages for those working either day or night. Concierge services, on-site daycare and reward programs that provide a range of gift cards and other recognitions help take care of employees in a wide range of roles as they contribute to the success of the organization. Close to nine out of 10 employees say that people are consistently treated as full members of the organization, regardless of their positions.
"This is a great place to work because employees' and patients' lives are valued," one employee says. "The company provides merit raises annually, discount tickets to movie theaters, Broadway shows and ballgames to employees and their families."
Atlantic Health System doesn't just support individuals — the company also encourages employees to fundraise for causes they care about, especially those related to health issues. A two-part Lego-building contest gave children and adults the chance to raise money for Goryeb Children's Hospital. Employees at the corporate offices can wear jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for a $1 donation to the hospital foundations. Employees have also participated in 5,000-meter runs, golf tournaments and cycling events to raise money for medical research.
At a couple of its medical centers, employees who donate blood are eligible for incentives like the chance to win a day off with pay or free ski or snowboard rental vouchers. Every blood or platelet donation comes with a 20-minute prepaid phone card to be donated to a soldier. Given all of these philanthropic programs, it's not surprising that 94 percent of employees say they feel good about their contributions to the community. "Atlantic Health System has made a commitment to the health of the community," one employee says. "They are creating proactive ways for employees and community members to improve their health through the use of integrative medicine programs." Among these programs is a pet therapy program to reduce stress levels in patients and employees.
While employees receive an annual salary increase based on merit and performance and managers can receive lump-sum bonuses tied to corporate- and site-performance goals through its manager incentive plan, a few employees feel left out on bonuses. "Spread the wealth," one employee urges. "Give bonuses to deserving employees who do the hard work, not just the managers and department heads." Sixty-five percent feel they receive a fair share of profits.
Overall, 92 percent of employees say it's a great place to work. One employee enjoys having "an occupation that I love and can do every day in a very supportive environment." Another says, "I hope I am here until I retire."
Or maybe even after the employee retires.
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