How does accreditation impact an agency’s personnel?

Accredited agencies report a strong feeling of pride among their employees – support staff as well as patient care providers – and they share ownership in their company’s success. Employee morale is enhanced by the knowledge that their company has a concern for their safety and training as well as stringent standards for patient care. Recruiting is also enhanced by the fact that quality people gravitate toward quality employers. In an accredited agency, all employment policies are clearly spelled out in terms of benefits, employee evaluations, expected conduct, and grievance procedures. Employees know exactly what to expect from their employers and what they are expected to contribute to the team effort. In an accredited agency, the emphasis is always on quality improvement, providing a positive daily focus.