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Archive November 2020 XXI, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Fruits of Their Labor

Badge 'Blueberries' Boost Staff Morale

Tami Geske
STATUS SYMBOLS Top performers at Rogue Regional Medical Center earn blue stickers that represent their willingness to go above and beyond for their patients and coworkers.

We invite patients and staff to recognize members of the team who demonstrate one of our medical center's core values — respect, teamwork, service, honesty — by submitting a card describing the good deed to our facility's human resources department. The recognition is noted in the employee's personnel file and the card is passed, along with a small round blue sticker, to their manager. The manager reads the card aloud at a staff meeting and presents the employee with the 'blueberry' sticker, which they place on their ID badge. After an employee receives 12 blueberries, they exchange their standard-issue white badge for a blue badge. Twelve more blueberries earn them a gold badge and then accumulating 24 more blueberries earn them the highest honor: the Cloud Badge (white puffs on a sky-blue background). Staff are limited to earning one blueberry a month, so we know dedicated staff members with cloud badges have worked hard over several years to earn at least 48 blueberries.

Tami Geske, RN, BSN
Rogue Regional Medical Center
Medford, Ore.

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