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Jim Rubadue

Jim Rubadue is VP of Customer Success at OnShift. As a seasoned manager with 20+ years of client and employee focused experience in strategy, operations, program management and business ownership, Jim has a track record of increasing customer satisfaction and product adoption.
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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Reasons Why an Employee Calls Off

Jim Rubadue

For better or worse, sick days are just a matter of doing business. In most cases of employees calling off, it’s because they’re sick—especially during flu season and during the winter months when viruses tend to be more common. 

But then there are those who call in for other reasons (sometimes humorous after the fact), leaving employers short staffed and scrambling to fill shifts and rearrange schedules.

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Change Management: The Keys to Rolling Out New Technology in Senior Care

Jim Rubadue

Change is hard. We’ve all experienced the pain associated with change at some point. Perhaps it’s a new exercise program. For a couple of weeks, your body will protest the move from sedentary to active with sore muscles and fatigue. After a while it gets a little easier, and then eventually it’s part of your routine. You may even begin to enjoy it, and as your body adapts you’ll most likely lose weight and start to look and feel better. The reward makes the pain endured worth it. But you have to get over the hump.

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Is Your Scheduler On Their Way Out the Door? 5 Tips to Make Them Stay

Jim Rubadue

Senior care scheduling is no easy task. You may not realize it, but your scheduler wears many different hats within your organization. Schedulers often play therapist, doctor and mediator for your staff as they try to fill open shifts and figure out how to get everyone the PTO they’ve requested. 

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4 Steps to Eliminate Staffing Gap Risks in Senior Care

Jim Rubadue

Staffing gaps are a real concern for senior care providers and can put your organization at risk—disputes over staffing levels can even lead to legal action. While senior care organizations strive to provide the best quality care to their residents, many organizations face staffing challenges. Wage pressures and a shortage in the caregiver workforce add to the problem.

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OHCA Recap: Payroll-Based Journal & Attracting Millennial Employees

Jim Rubadue

It’s conference season and I recently had the opportunity to attend the Ohio Health Care Association’s (OHCA) annual conference. And even though my travel schedule has me ingratiating myself with the family, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our clients and other industry leaders to discuss their workforce challenges.

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Celebrating Our Senior Care Schedulers of the Year!

Jim Rubadue

You may be surprised to find out that we’ve had a couple of unique holidays recently – Black Forest Cake Day, Manatee Appreciation Day, and Crayola Crayon Day – who knew?! But at the top of my celebration list this time of year is always our Scheduler of the Year Awards. I love taking this opportunity to recognize our clients for all that they do to care for residents.

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How to Manage New Technology in Your Senior Care Community

Jim Rubadue

How do you feel about change? Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day,” stuck as he was in an endlessly repeating day, eventually comes to appreciate that “Anything different is good.” At the other end of the spectrum, as Robert Kennedy once observed, “Change has its enemies.” Change is always happening, everywhere, all the time. We may not like it, but it’s there, always percolating. That’s not a bad thing. After all, were it not for change we might still be living in caves and chasing dinner down with pointy sticks.

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Win the Overtime Game in Senior Care Staff Scheduling

Jim Rubadue

Overtime can be a useful tool in covering shiftsIn football, overtime is a bonus for fans and elevates the excitement to another level. For long-term care and senior living communities, overtime can be a useful tool in covering shifts, or it can become a budget blow-out if you don’t keep it under control.

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Mobile Millennials and the Workforce Shuffle

Jim Rubadue

Mobile Millennials In the American workforce an important generational shuffle is taking place right under our noses.

Of course, generational shuffles happen all the time as one generation starts thinking about stepping into careers, marriages, and mortgages, and another generation starts thinking about giving the boss and the bank the big kiss-off and heading someplace where you only see snow on the Weather Channel.

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Why do we do what we do?

Jim Rubadue

The elements of technology lead to individual human stories In thinking about what to write about in this blog post I searched -- fruitlessly, as it turns out -- for alternative expressions of the centuries-old idiom, "you can't see the forest for the trees." But the reason that phrase has been around for centuries is that it rolls off the tongue a lot easier than "if you focus too much on minutiae you will miss the larger meaning in your endeavors."

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