How to Increase Employee Retention

When one of your valued medical professionals gives their resignation notice, you may be confused as to what encouraged him or her to leave. But often times, there isn’t just one incident that decreases your employee retention, but a series of factors that need improvement.

After asking yourself what you could do to increase staff retention, ask your staff directly. Establish clear channels of communication, find out how to improve their satisfaction, and give them the tools to feel empowered and valued in their position.

Talkative Team Building

One of the best ways to encourage employees to start and continue working with your healthcare facility is to foster a professional community at work. In fact, 46% of active job applicants state that company culture is a “very important” factor that contributes to their job search.

Use team-building exercises to let your healthcare employees grow your company culture into one that fits every employee’s social style. You can take your staff to team-building sites, like obstacle courses and escape rooms, or bring the activities to your facility and research icebreakers and teamwork games that start conversations.

Clear Communication

Employees that don’t feel comfortable communicating with upper management are 16% less likely to stay with their current company, which means that communication must flow to and from employees. Encourage your medical professionals to start conversations by letting them know how. Send an email or company newsletter addressing communication and detailing the proper channels to use for their wants and needs.

Scrupulous Surveys

The proof is in the professionals. If you really want to know how you can improve your employee satisfaction, send out a company satisfaction survey to see which areas your facility excels or needs improvement. Up to 29% of employees would replace a high-paying job with a job that they enjoy, so it’s important to also use open-ended questions and understand what would make each employee feel more valued and content with their work.

Just as you ask employees for feedback, you should provide it to them. Evaluating employee performances lets them understand which areas they excel in and which areas they need improvement. This provides workplace goals that will keep your medical professionals engaged in their everyday operations and in their place of work.

Employee Education

Turns out, 86% of employees find learning opportunities to be an important part of any workplace. Of course, the candidates you hire must meet the essential qualifications for their job title, but continuing their education provides value while making employees feel valued. Offer digital, on-site, or remote training in areas that you feel employees need more improvement or general understanding. Depending on the level of importance to each employee, you can make certain training companywide or department specific.

Healthy Hiring

Hiring the right medical professional is a victory for any healthcare facility, but improper onboarding can determine how long your new hires will stick around. Companies that effectively prepare and integrate employees during the hiring process “improve new hire retention by 82%,” but you don’t have to optimize your onboarding alone.

Experienced Healthcare Staffing

Working with healthcare recruitment professionals can elevate the process that turns interviewees into employees. Having a thorough hiring process allows you to evaluate the long-term goals of each applicant, select the best candidates for your facility, and determine how to successfully integrate them into your team. To fortify your recruitment, consider hiring a healthcare staffing agency that knows how to properly place the right professionals in the right facilities.

At HealthCare Support, we offer a range of services that bring the best professional candidates to your facility and equip it with the tools to retain them. We offer onsite visits, team building events, continual coaching, and newsletters to keep your staff satisfied and keep your facility informed. For more information, contact us today at 888-219-6285.

Creating Career Independence this Independence Day

Independence Day is creeping up on us all this summer, which means we already have six months of 2019 under our belt… Crazy, right? This seems like a firecrackin’ time to do some self-reflecting on your career and your career independence. Career independence is the ability to be in charge of your own career, goals, and dreams. In honor of this beautiful day, the land of the free, and the home of the brave, here are ten tips to achieve career independence.

1. The first thing you can do to establish career independence is always to have your resume updated. An amazing opportunity can come up at the most random times and you want to make sure you’re prepared. You should also double-check that your LinkedIn profile matches with your resume and your profile picture is recent and professional.

2. Turn that television off! No Netflix, no Hulu, no Amazon Prime. Instead, read a book. There are so many benefits, such as, improving your memory, reducing stress, expanding your vocabulary, and improving your overall knowledge. And on the other end, watching television is bad for your brain and your health. If you don’t know where to start, grab a career book and read it! Reading career books can spark creativity and energy. It can also motivate you to try new things that could up your career game and can change your outlook on where you’re at in your professional life.

3. Write down all your career experiences – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Keeping them in a journal is a great way to learn from your experiences and it helps to see what you are doing well and what you can be doing better at. You are your own greatest critic, so let’s make it constructive criticism!

4. Being confident and comfortable with yourself is easier said than done, but it’s so important, especially in the professional world. Confidence is an attractive quality to have; even more so when you’re working a business deal or hiring someone new. We are attracted to the people who are enthusiastic about their skills and knowledge because we know they can handle whatever we throw at them without having to “hold their hand”. Lastly, think about it this way: if you don’t appreciate yourself, then why should others?

5. Don’t get confidence confused with your ego. In fact, leave your ego at the door. No one likes a boaster who thinks they are too good for everyone. It not only is annoying, but it’s hard to work alongside them.

6. If you ever get bored with your job, you have two choices and you need to decide for yourself what you’re going to do about it: quit your job and move on, or learn how to fall back in love with your job. For you to establish career independence, you must choose one. If you choose the latter, a couple of things to try are learning something new, taking more breaks throughout the day, starting a side hustle, or reflecting back on what it was like before you started the position – a little nostalgia can go a long way. However, if you’ve decided it’s time for a new job, allow yourself some time to apply for jobs and have interviews before you quit. That way you won’t be in financial trouble.

7. Keep your expertise up to date. If you have skills from a previous position that you aren’t using in your current role, take some online courses to refresh your mind. If you have any certifications or credentials, keep them up to date.

8. Knowledge is never-ending. There are always new things to learn and excel at. Take the time to do so by watching videos, reading articles and books, and taking online courses. Technology is changing every day so why not stay all caught up with the latest trends?!

9. Stop. Networking. Keep in touch with old coworkers by asking them out for coffee or lunch. Down the road, they could be the ones to assist you in getting your dream job. Also, stay connected with all your old and current coworkers by following them on LinkedIn, it’s a great tool to use when reconnecting!

10. Are you subscribed to any streaming services or monthly clubs that you don’t use anymore? Cancel them! According to an analysis by Waterstone Group, a management consulting firm for tech companies, the respondents spend more than $237.33 a month on subscription services. The respondents guessed they spend, on average, $111.61 a month. That’s a big gap! Clean up your expenses by canceling the ones you don’t use. Your bank account will thank you later!

                It will take some real reflecting on your professional life to achieve career independence, but there is no better time than the present, or on Independence Day! We hope your Fourth of July is filled with lots of yummy food, bangin’ fireworks, and fun!

Job Openings Outnumber Unemployed: What Should Companies Do?

The number of job openings has exceeded the number of the unemployed for the second month now, setting it at 7.45 million open jobs to 5.82 million unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the largest margin on record – leaving a gap at 1.63 million – which is why so many employers are having a tough time finding good, quality candidates. While the number of openings in April decreased by 25,000, the number of hires increased by 240,000 and the unemployed fell by 387,000. Employers are eager to fill roles as the week’s pass, so what should they be doing in order to fill their jobs?

One of the most obvious things employers can do is raise wages. Quality candidates know their worth when they come in for interviews, so if you offer them something lower than what they expected, then it probably will not work out.  Raising wages in your company improves the productivity, motivation, and overall morale in your company. In the end, don’t you want employees who want to come in and work hard to make a positive impact on the company?

Another way companies can help with the job openings to unemployment ratio is to be quick when making a hiring decision. Did you know it takes one to three weeks to hear back from a company after you’ve applied? And the job hiring process as a whole? That can take up to twelve weeks; maybe, even more, depending on how many applicants the company receives. Twelve weeks is a long time to wait for one job and, most of the time, candidates are going through more than one interview process. Some ways you can speed up hiring is letting your internal team know what positions are open and see if any of them want to make the switch to a new department. By letting your employees know, they can also dig up some quality candidates of their own through their network. To speed up the hiring process, companies can also be more selective about the candidates they bring in for an interview and reach out to those not chosen so they can move on in their job search. One last thing that will help speed up the hiring process is using a staffing company, like HealthCare Support. Hiring recruiting and staffing firms for your hiring needs may cost money but will save you tons of time because while they are busy finding and screening quality candidates, you and your employees will be doing your own work with the thought that your company is in good hands. If speeding up the hiring process seems like a tough thing to do because of the size of your company, then focus on staying in touch with your candidates every step of the hiring process so they won’t lose interest.

The last thing companies can do is improve their company culture. With millennials becoming the main group in today’s workforce, they are drawn to companies that have an awesome company culture with great perks and benefits. Some of the most common questions millennials ask during an interview are, “what’s the company culture  like” and “do you like working here?” This allows them to get a feel if your employees are happy working for your company. Some of the perks and benefits that candidates are most drawn to are flexible hours, company incentive trips and prizes, unlimited PTO, gym membership discounts, healthcare coverage, working remotely, and food catering. A company’s culture makes a huge impact on one’s decision to work for a company, so in order to fill jobs, have a company culture that stands out from other companies.

With job openings exceeding the unemployed by about one million, now is as good a time as any to start thinking about what changes you can make to reel these unemployed in. Increasing wages, speeding up the hiring process, and improving your company culture are a great place to start.  Partnering with a staffing firm like HealthCare Support who can guide you through the process and provide insight to industry supply and demand, salary averages and speed up new employee onboarding could be just what your company needs.

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Nurses Week 2019

Medical centers across the country, such as hospitals and doctors’ offices, are teeming with patients who rely on trained professionals to not only provide for them medically, but to also provide joy and hope in their otherwise scary situations. Although doctors are an important factor in the life of a patient, nurses play a far more familiar role. They deal with the nitty-gritty of everyday hospital life and put forth 110% of their effort to ensure their patients are safe, comfortable, and well-taken care of. A nurse’s life is not an easy one. To express our gratitude to these hardworking individuals, nurses are honored annually during, National Nurses Week.

When is National Nurses Week?

This year, 2019, National Nurses Week ran from Monday, May 6th through Sunday, May 12th. This one week out of the year brought sweet deals for nurses across the nation. Free food and discounts were provided the entire week by businesses such as Cinnabon and Pollo Tropical. Disney World even got in on the action, providing discounts for nurses to book hotel rooms at a cheaper price.

Why Do Nurses Deserve a Week of Dedication?

Nurses work tirelessly night and day to provide for complete strangers. It’s not a job meant for the faint of heart. Many people don’t fully comprehend the importance of nurses and the grueling services they provide. Below are some facts about nurses and their profession:

  • According to a study by MEDSURG Nursing, nurses walk between 4 to 5 miles per their long 12-hour shifts.
  • There are currently over 2.9 million nurses employed in the United States.
  • There are over 100 different nursing professions to choose from.
  • Only 3 out of 5 nurses work inside of a hospital. The rest? They work in hospice care, nursing homes, schools, etc.
  • Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, demanding a higher skillset and in-demand specialties.

Ways You Can Recognize Nurses

There are many fun ways of recognizing your favorite nurses. Gifts are an awesome way to express love. Some ideas include:

  • Tote bags
  • Nurse mugs and cups
  • Clothing
  • Chocolate or baked goods
  • Gift-cards to their favorite places
  • Personalized cards

Gifts, of course, are not the only way to express your gratitude. Saying “thank you” goes a long way.

Do You Want to Be a Nurse? We Can Help!

HealthCare Support recognizes nurses for their hard work and dedication. Our goal is to help talented, passionate healthcare professionals find the perfect long-term or short-term job. Our network is vast and our team can help place you in the ideal situation for your career, whether that be a nurse or a doctor. To learn more about current job openings and our services, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.

Why You Should Come to Work Early

Coming in to work early is one of those things that we all know is a good idea but few people actually have the will to pull it off. It sounds like a great plan until the alarm goes off in the morning and all you desire is one more hit of that snooze button. However, getting in to work early is one of the best things you can do, both for your performance as well as your public perception. Here are some concrete reasons why you should get to work a little bit early.

Establish Order

When you get to work early, everything is much calmer. There are few people present if any, the noise level is low, and there is no stress to be at the peak of your game yet. This can allow for you to get set up for the workday ahead. Iron out a schedule for the day’s proceedings, organize your desk, and get mentally prepared for all the great work you are going to do in the upcoming hours. This will help you to be focused for the hours ahead.

Get Work Done

Arriving early allows for you to get a head start on the tasks for the day. Any extra time to clock in and get some projects completed is always an added bonus, and getting in to the office early allows for that. This can also be a big advantage in an industry that thrives on competition and sales, as the extra time allows for you to get a leg up on your fellow workers.

Impress Your Superiors

Being an early arriver sends a positive message to your coworkers as well as your boss. It shows that you are dedicated and able to sacrifice for the sake of your career and the company. Your superiors will notice your drive and work ethic, and this can only serve to benefit you down the road with future projects. And while demonstrable benefits go a long way, there is an important aspect for just the respect and dignity that comes from being regarded highly as a person and worker.

Aspirational Healthcare Workers

In the healthcare industry, it is important to have determined workers who work hard and do the little things to succeed, like showing up to work early. At HealthCare Support, we specialize in connecting employers to their future star employees in the healthcare sector. If you are looking for a job opportunity, or are looking for a new hire, contact us today at 888-219-6285.

How to Cope with Stress in the Workplace

 

Have you ever been kept up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning, worrying about the upcoming workday? Everyone gets a little anxiety or stress from time to time, but, according to the Gallup Poll Social Series, 79% of Americans say they frequently feel stress throughout their day. So, what is causing your stress? In order to reduce it, you first must understand what is making you stressed or anxious in the first place. Some of the most common causes of stress at work include office conflicts, high workloads and irrational deadlines, insufficient working environments, the feel of not being in control of your projects, disorganization, physical discomfort, and weak management.

Now that we know what could be causing all this tension, let’s figure out some techniques you can try to feel a little more “Zen” at work:

Avoid Gossip, Rumors, and Conflict

Avoiding conflict is always a great idea in the workplace. Don’t let office relationships stress you out. You’re going to have to be around the same people 40 hours a week, so keep a low profile. Try not to succumb to all the gossip and the office humor. If you know you don’t work well with some employees, try to stay away from them. Your mind will thank you later. And, if conflict does find you, figure out a way to deal with it calmly.

Sort Out Your Projects

One of the main reasons why people feel pressure in the office is because of the high workloads and irrational deadlines. The first thing you can do is come into the office with a positive mindset. This can make a big difference in how you start the day and how you dive into your projects. You can also write it all out. Place your time-sensitive projects at the top of your to-do lists. Figure out what tasks are super important and get started on them first. Don’t procrastinate – get right to it.

Create Your Own Positive Working Environment

Get into the groove of creating your own personal, positive working environment. Listen to music through headphones to keep the distractions under control. In fact, “research suggests that listening to music can improve your efficiency, creativity and happiness in terms of work-related tasks”.  You should also bring a few things to work to place on your desk. Things like pictures of families or friends, flowers, books, and pictures of quotes can lift your spirits during the workday. If physical discomfort is getting you down, try splurging on a comfier chair or comfier (yet professional) clothes.

Establish A Communicative Relationship with Your Boss

Talk it out with your boss. Let them know what they can do to create a better environment for both of you. Admit what is triggering your anxiety and figure out a way to contain it – together. Having an easy and honest relationship with your boss is best, especially when struggling with unwanted tension.

Tidy Up Your Space

Staying organized is one of the most basic solutions to reducing stress. If you are already feeling anxious because of your workload, why worsen it with having a messy desk? Some ways to keep your desk tidy are having organizers and folders for different projects in your drawers and on your desktop computer, purchasing a planner/calendar, getting rid of old papers, labeling drawers, and making things more accessible. Read this article for some benefits of having a clean office space.

Relieve the Pressure by Being Active and Mindful

Try to get your heart beating by going for a walk during your lunch break or heading to the gym for a quick workout. Working out has many great benefits including relieving stress. You can also take a ten-minute break to do some stretches or yoga poses in your office. Doing breathing exercises with help too by calming down the mind. Breathe in through your nose for five seconds and out through your mouth for ten seconds, then close your eyes and imagine your happy place – be there for a couple of minutes. This can slow down your mind and help you regain focus on your work.

Work-Life Balance is the Ultimate Way to De-Stress

Setting boundaries on when your coworkers can contact you for work-related projects or questions are important.  After a long work week, it won’t be fun thinking you are done for the week and then having to answer some work calls or emails. You should also be using your paid time off for vacations and mental health days to recharge your brain.

Live A Healthy Lifestyle

It’s so easy to want to come home from work and make unhealthy choices by eating loads of ice cream and chips. Sure, it makes you feel better in that moment, but in the long run, it makes you feel worse. Whip up a healthy dinner with a lot of vegetables and protein. Not only should you be making good eating decisions but getting a full night’s rest is key. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will feel unfocused during your workday which can affect completing your projects and tasks for that day. That will eventually stress you out later in your workday. It’s a complete circle. Sleep means staying focused and staying focused means getting all your work done which keeps you stress-free!        

Stress Diary

If you still can’t seem to get a grip on your stress and anxiety, purchase a journal and write down everything that is making you stressed out during the week. Record how you are handling the stress and at the end of the week, figure out what you can do to handle the stress better. Include your physical and emotional reactions and your peers’ reactions. The more detailed, the easier it will be containing your worry.

Don’t let stress take over your career. If you’re getting frustrated easily or find yourself feeling anxious, listen to your body. Take the time to implement these stress relieving techniques for the workplace and you’ll find your professional and personal life improve.