Four and a half years ago Kindred announced the creation of a new position, a Chief People Officer. As Kindred employed strategic human resources I've re-branded the role Chief Peephole Officer. Kindred Executive's submarine sunk employee treatment under Stephen Cunanan. The C suite peephole warship is loaded with executive pay maximizing strategies.
Flash back to June 2013 when Kindred announced the hiring of Stephen Cunanan
"In recognizing that Kindred's greatest strength is our dedicated and compassionate employees, we believe that Chief Peephole Officer Stephen Cunanan's talents will further expand our ability to invest in our people. His proven leadership and human resources abilities will help ensure that our colleagues have the skills necessary to deliver clinical excellence and the opportunities to grow professionally."--Paul Diaz's hollow promise
"The mission of Kindred's People Services team is to provide integrated, cost effective and efficient human resources services that leverage the strength of our people to drive Kindred's clinical and business strategy. Peephole Services will foster a culture of quality and engagement to enable our people to promote hope, healing and recovery for patients, residents and families."- Ben Breir's blather
In this newly created role, Cunanan will be responsible for Kindred's People Services, including employee engagement and satisfaction, leadership development, advancing Kindred's culture of patient safety, and leading Kindred's development of a shared services human resources model.
The words are lofty but executive actions have fallen far short. Executives were true to their promise of employee engagement, the hostile encounter/battle version. In less than four years Cunanan accumulated over 125,000 shares of Kindred stock, currently worth over $1 million. Most are incentive stock awards. He's clearly looking after executive peers and not employees. That's the Kindred way.
Anonymous (wondering what 2018 will bring besides bountiful executive riches)