Tonight the girlfriend and I had the rare opportunity to go out on an actual date. It's getting increasingly rare these days that we have time to do so, what with our schedules, work stuff, and my recent bit of travelling for the other job that I have. It was nice to actually get out, go to a restaurant, and not have to cook or eat bad-for-me fast food on the road.
She and I went to one of our favorite places, a midwestern type joint that specializes in mass quantities of beef. At this place you get to choose a large hunk of absolutely beautiful red meat from their cooler, season it to your liking with the wide variety of spices they have on hand, and then grill it yourself over their huge charcol grill while people bring you your beer. It is a concept that is admittedly getting a little more rare around the midwest, but it's certainly something that I haven't seen anywhere else in the country that I've been. These people have given their customers exactly what they want. All the beef one could possibly eat, a salad bar to go with it, cheap drinks, and a good meal will cost you about $17 bux. Yeah, beat that, California.
I noticed on the menu that the restaurant offers gift cards that employers can give their employees. They are good for a full meal for two and come personalized for the employer. Since I'm always on the lookout for a good way to help reward and motivate good EMS people, I mentioned to the GF that maybe I should buy a couple to give the guys as an occasional "attaboy".
"What would you give them out for?" She asked, then answered "How about every time they resuscitate a code?"
Now THAT is a good idea! I'll call it the "Get a Pulse, Get a Steak" incentive program. That way, every time a crew gets that magical cardiac arrest save they and their significant other get to celebrate by roasting them some posthumous cow. It sure beats knowing that all you've got to look forward to is a lengthy report and a horribly messy ambulance or scene to clean up afterward.
Then again, I'm sure someone will point out that it's just too subjective to base the reward on a code save because as we all know, even when everything is done completely "right", completely by the book, and the crew tries absolutely as hard as they can to get the save it still doesn't usually turn out the way we'd like it to. We all know that is true. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.
Thanks for shooting down my awesome idea, imaginary naysayer.
I've been trying to come up with some innovative ways to motivate, reward, and incentivise the best and brightest EMS people out there to want to come in and do the absolute best job they can for the service and the patients every day over the long term. Money and passion isn't enough to carry everyone along every day, people need more than that sometimes and there's simply no shame in it because we all feel that way at times.
I'd love to hear what you or your service is doing to motivate employees. (And don't tell me it's what they're doing in Louisville, because yeah… not cool)
Also, the steak was amazing.