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Challenges to Workforce Management in the Healthcare Industry

HR Tech Outlook | Wednesday, October 07, 2020

To maintain a high level of patient care that most healthcare organizations aspire, the focus must be on employee retention and recruitment. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is faced with numerous unique challenges that are hindering their ability to both attract and retain top talent.

FREMONT, CA: The healthcare sector is one of the largest and most complex in the U.S. economy. Workforce management is often most difficult in this sector due to the unique challenges it faces. The very nature of the job leads to increased stress positions that can cause frequent burnouts. The added need to continuously improve patient care quality while simultaneously focusing on cutting costs makes it even more challenging for HR to manage the workforce efficiently. In a fast-paced world where healthcare needs continue to rise each day, healthcare organizations must step up and overcome these challenges. However, first, they need to understand what lies ahead of them.

Top 10 Workforce Management Solution Companies - 2020To maintain a high level of patient care that most healthcare organizations aspire, the focus must be on employee retention and recruitment. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is faced with numerous unique challenges that are hindering their ability to both attract and retain top talent. Add the ongoing pandemic crisis to the scenario, and it gets even messier.

Here are some of the common challenges faced by HR managers in the healthcare industry.

Frequent Burnout

Studies have shown that more than half of all doctors and 33 percent of nurses face burnout symptoms. The reality is that burnout doesn’t only affect those displaying signs. It also affects other workers and overall patient care. From an HR standpoint, increased employee burnout also leads to a spike in turnover rates. A recent study showed that the average turnover rate in hospitals across the country was 18.2 percent.

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Increasing Demands

Patient demands are always on the rise. Add increasing demands of workers to the list, and there is chaos. Reports suggest that the healthcare sector is expected to add nearly two million jobs, more than any other industry, in the coming decade. This represents a 14 percent increase in job demand over the next ten years. In an industry that is already struggling to find and retain workers, this increase is likely to seem unmanageable. It highlights the need for HR professionals in the healthcare industry to take action now.

Growing Skill Gap

The skill gap is a concern in every organization. But it becomes a prominent issue when the industry involved is healthcare, which requires all staff to be up to date on practices. The lack of skill of any single employee can be the difference between life and death.

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