As healthcare organizations evolve, employees and candidates are increasingly looking for more technologically advanced workplaces with less bureaucracy and wait time. Unfortunately, many employers are out of touch with the expectations shared by many hard-working professionals, especially recent graduates who are accustomed to having the latest technologies at their fingertips.
To attract and retain the best talent in the healthcare industry, facilities of all sizes should consider investing in the most current and productive systems to keep their organizations running. Doing this can not only keep your workers happy — but also improve business outcomes and accelerate growth.
The reality is, human resources and operational practices used 10 years ago are no longer relevant today in today’s highly competitive business climate. Here are some of the top reasons you should revisit your existing HR policies and operational procedures in 2018.
Enhance your company image.
Failing to care or pay attention to your company image can be detrimental for your business and your recruitment efforts. Many candidates will evaluate your organization for its culture and work environment, which can make or break their desire to work for you.
For example, does your organization encourage regular team-building and interaction among employees? Is a sense of entrepreneurialism in the workplace encouraged and rewarded? Most talented candidates will look beyond their job descriptions and pay close attention to the cultural practices implemented by your organization’s leadership team. Companies that refuse to make culture a priority will lose interest from top candidates and become unappealing to recent college graduates who are seeking cultures of innovation and change.
Streamline your hiring process to increase efficiency and candidate experience.
With all the recruiting and screening tools available now, it’s easier to streamline your hiring process and make it more user-friendly for applicants. Candidates will appreciate an online application system that is easy to use and provides feedback throughout the application and interviewing process.
In addition to updating your application system, there are many other ways to advance your hiring process. According to Forbes, you can modernize your recruiting efforts with interactive videos, mobile-friendly application platforms, and behind-the-scenes footage at your company.
When it comes to activating potential candidates to apply and take an interest in your organization, these tactics can be impactful in attracting the most talented candidates to your applicant pool.
Improve your management systems and leadership approach.
Organizations that stifle their employees are at the greatest risk of losing their most talented performers. Driven and ambitious employees seek trust and respect by their leaders, craving the opportunity to contribute their own individual skills and talents to their organization’s mission. Micromanaging your employees and failing to give them freedom to perform at their own pace is reflective of a poor leadership approach that will likely backfire.
Communication and operational protocols play an important role in forming positive relationships with your employees. If you’re failing to regularly engage with your employees, it may be time to restructure how you communicate and how often you communicate. Or, maybe your current workplace needs do not align with a typical 9 to 5 schedule. Therefore, you’d want to consider newer HR policies for work methods, such as telecommuting, outsourcing, or flex-time policies. Filling the operational voids of your workplace is critical for effective restructuring and improving your bottom line.
Whether it’s investing in the latest technology or shifting your operational structures, your organization can be improved by taking actions to update HR policies. With the nature of the healthcare industry constantly changing, your leadership team is responsible for ensuring that your organization is staying competitive and maintaining a highly skilled workforce. Updating your operational and HR policies each year help you create a great culture and work environment for your employees.