Healthcare Struggles with Staffing Shortages
What is the role of the human resource director when you have staffing shortages
Turnover Rates: As mentioned, the struggle to keep on current staff can easily be a huge problem. Due to the high demand, employees could simply go elsewhere if they feel that they're not valued, or considered. The average hospital has turned over 87.8% of its entire workforce. And the numbers suggest that things may only get worse. 2018 alone was the worst turnover rate the industry has seen in over a decade. More times than not, people don't leave their jobs, they leave their managers. Leadership and good management is essential when it comes to retention and overall recruitment.
Healthcare can be difficult and stressful, but it also is so rewarding. Those tasked with managing and supporting healthcare professionals need to be partners with practitioners in improving employee engagement, job satisfaction, and in turn, the quality of patient care.
Through proper implementation, and a desire to do better, they can help employees become more effective—and more satisfied—in their work.