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Helping Family Members Find Balance in Funeral Service

August 12, 2021 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Featured, Funeral Home Workplace, Finding Resilience

“I’m worried about my dad. He’s been pushing himself too hard and he won’t take a break,” said Tom.*

Tom was concerned about his father, Frank. I learned that Frank was 74 years old, a second-generation funeral director and owned the family firm. Despite having three younger family members working for the funeral home, Frank continued to work long hours and go for weeks without a day off.

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How to Become a Top Workplace in Your Community

September 17, 2020 by Judy Ralston-Hansen
Funeral Home Workplace

Homesteaders is proud to be named a Top Iowa Workplace for the sixth year in a row. Our team is dedicated to creating a culture where every team member feels welcome, trusted and heard. This year, our employees ranked us high in the areas of leadership, integrity, appreciation and work-life balance.

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Serving LGBTQ Families: Tips for Funeral Professionals

June 18, 2020 by Jill Muenich
Featured, Funeral Home Workplace, Funeral Home Business

Each June, cities across America host parades, speaking events and community building activities to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. It’s a time for us to acknowledge and honor the impact and accomplishments of those in the LGBTQ community. It’s also a time to listen and learn, and to reflect on how we, as a profession, can engage with this community at a higher level.

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Time-Saving Tips for Funeral Professionals

November 14, 2019 by Melissa Heller
Funeral Home Workplace, Funeral Home Business

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

As funeral professionals, business owners, partners, spouses, parents, friends and humans, we all wish we had more time. In this day and age, it seems as if there is never enough to spend with grieving families, check off everything on the to-do list, connect with our own families and unwind from a busy day.

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How To Recruit And Retain Millennial Employees

March 21, 2019 by Steve Shaffer
Funeral Industry Trends, Funeral Home Workplace

The millennial generation is the next up-and-coming group of people who are preparing to take over funeral home business operations. In fact, millennials are expected to make up 50% of the general workforce by 2020. It can seem like a difficult task to find and keep employees who are part of this younger generation, and for good reason. The average millennial holds 7.8 different jobs between the ages of 18 and 30, which can make them seem unwilling to settle down. The truth is that millennials want to be treated just like any other employee, with a few select differences. Discover what you can start doing today to more easily recruit and retain millennial employees.

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How to Use Retrospectives In Your Funeral Home

March 23, 2018 by Wade Comstock
Funeral Home Workplace

As part of Homesteaders’ quest to become more efficient and effective by using technology and continuous process improvements, we began implementing a project methodology called Agile.

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How to Make the Most of Your Funeral Convention Experience

March 30, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Directors, Industry Events, Funeral Home Workplace

‘Tis the season for funeral conventions! All across the United States, funeral directors and professionals gather to share new knowledge with each other and see the latest products from local and national vendors. For some, conventions and conferences aren’t as rewarding as they could be. To keep you engaged and informed, here are several things you can do to make your experience at a convention as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

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4 Ways to Manage Funeral Home Workplace Stress

September 08, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister
Funeral Home Workplace

When my husband and I were in pre-marital counseling, our pastor asked us to complete a short questionnaire to identify relational strengths and sources of conflict. Among many attributes, the test measured our individual propensities toward stress. On a 100-point scale, my husband scored a 10. I scored a 90.

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How to Create a Culture of Innovation at Your Funeral Home

July 19, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Funeral Home Workplace, Funeral Home Business

Sitting on a wooden park bench in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park, a father watched his two young daughters cruise by again and again on the nearby merry-go-round. As he observed the children enjoying the ride, he began to think about how nice it would be to have a place with activities they could all enjoy together. A place where, instead of being separated due to limitations of the entertainment options, entire families could participate in experiences and create memories that would last forever.

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Interview Techniques to Help You Hire Exceptional Funeral Professionals

July 07, 2016 by Dan Lodermeier
Funeral Home Workplace

Homesteaders' industry-leading account executive program provides value to our funeral home customers, reinforcing our commitment to developing mutually beneficial relationships and promoting the value of funeral service.

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