We all know turnover is high in healthcare and, in a large healthcare system, nurses and allied health professionals can sometimes feel like just a number. To combat this, personal touches can be added to your hiring and onboarding process to increase your employee retention rates.The thought of adding a tailored experience for all your new employees may seem unrealistic when you’re already stretched thin. But trust us when we tell you: these practices we’re about to suggest are simple and will go a long way in supporting temporary contract staff who need to get adjusted quickly, as well as new permanent placements who will be calling your facility their work home.
We all know turnover is high in healthcare and, in a large healthcare system, nurses and allied health professionals can sometimes feel like just a number. To combat this, personal touches can be added to your hiring and onboarding process to increase your employee retention rates.
The thought of adding a tailored experience for all your new employees may seem unrealistic when you’re already stretched thin. But trust us when we tell you: these practices we’re about to suggest are simple and will go a long way in supporting temporary contract staff who need to get adjusted quickly, as well as new permanent placements who will be calling your facility their work home.
What Healthcare Organizations Can Do to Welcome New Hires
Provide Information About Your Facility
With the power of Google at our disposal, we often let people search for information themselves. But by proactively providing facility maps, parking and entrance information, policy and procedures documents, employee directory, and contact information, you’ll be equipping your new hires with the basic things they need to acquaint themselves with your organization.
Provide Information About Your Community
You’re not only welcoming new hires to your practice, but you might also be welcoming them to the community as a whole! This is particularly true for those candidates filling travel contracts. Incorporating local information about what to see and do in the area, where to eat, places to shop, etc. into your welcome packet is a simple but impactful way to go above and beyond.
The medical world is fast-paced, so introductions are sometimes overlooked. But taking the time to introduce a new hire to key staff in their department will go a long way in making them feel welcome and included. In turn, let your office or the department receiving the new hire know that a new face is arriving so everyone can make sure to greet them.
Establish Times to Check-in
Most people will tell you they’re fine in passing, leading you to believe that they are adapting well. However, establishing check-in times with new hires will help identify any gaps they may have in learning about your facility, getting to know their coworkers or barriers they’re facing in providing quality care for patients.
How Medical Staffing Agencies Support Your Onboarding Process
Good news: When you choose to partner with a quality medical staffing agency, we can carry some of the nurturing load for you! Here’s how.
Share Background Information with You
We assist with the candidate search, interview, and hiring processes, taking the heavy lifting off your team’s shoulders. During that time, we gather resumes, cover letters, background checks, assessments, and more that we are able to pass along to you.
Equipped with this information, you’re able to treat your new hires as if you’ve met them just as many times as the staffing agency. You can ask them tailored questions about their history, showing a genuine interest in each new hire as an individual.
Share Your Facility Information with New Hires
When a hospital, practice, or healthcare system chooses to partner with a medical staffing agency for all their staffing needs, each party gets to know each other a bit better. Provide your staffing agency with your facility maps, policy and procedures, employee directory, and the like, and we can pass those along for you so that every traveling nurse, therapist, or locum tenens physician can familiarize themselves with your practice before arrival.
The more employees we help you onboard, the better acquainted we are with you, and the more we can support your new hires in the onboarding process.
Continually Conduct Quality Checks with Employer
A quality medical staffing agency will ensure you are 100% satisfied with your placement. That’s why at CoreMedical, we follow up with your medical staff and supervisors after the first month of employment and at quarterly intervals to ensure your team is thriving.
Provide Constant Support for the Employee
We also continually follow up with every healthcare professional we place. Every candidate is paired with a recruiter who will stay in touch with them well beyond the hire date. This allows us to help you mitigate any issues the employee may be having and diffuse any situations that may cause a new hire to leave unexpectedly.
The CoreMedical Difference
But these aren’t the only ways we can support your recruiting, hiring, and onboarding processes. Learn more about the CoreMedical Difference and how we stand out!