In the busy healthcare industry, filling open shifts quickly is easier said than done. Many hiring managers turn to contingent workers to fill these needs and maintain their healthcare facility’s quality of care. But because contingent workers are employed only temporarily, many facilities are constantly in need of help. What can you do to ensure that shifts are always filled?
- Be aware of needs. Do your employees seem burnt out? Are you seeing quality decrease as employees cut corners? If this is the case, your staff may be overworked. As an executive in the healthcare industry, it’s important that you pay attention to the varying needs of your workers and get them help when they need it. Hiring contingent workers can fill these needs as well as your hiring gaps.
- Hire contingent workers wisely. If you find yourself short-staffed, the obvious next step is hiring additional workers. But who you hire next determines the quality of care you give to your patients. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to who you are bringing into your healthcare facility. Create strategic interviewing, hiring, and onboarding processes to ensure your new staff are properly prepared to deliver the level of care your patients are used to.
- Be the best place to work. In today’s world of millennials and innovation, job searchers are not just looking for something that pays well and is near their home; they are also paying attention to company culture. A strong company culture, or the beliefs and way-of-life that drive a business, is imperative to all employees, even in the healthcare industry. Workers do not just want clock in and clock out of a traditional 9 to 5 job. When employees feel at home at work, they are more likely to be happy, which leads to increased productivity and success for your facility.
- Keep up with credentials. When managing your workforce, nothing is more important than verifying credentials and maintaining the consistency and accuracy of procedures recommended by physicians or healthcare professionals. Make sure that all of your staff, including contingent workers, have credentials or certificates that are not close to expiring. If they do expire, be prepared by having a comprehensive training program in place.
- Invest in a vendor management system. VMS solutions eliminate the need for manual processing and management of employees’ time, credentials, training, payroll, and more. When all of these systems are automated, and located in just one system, HR professionals can streamline their day-to-day operations with less risk of human error. VMS solutions can handle everything staff-related, no matter the size of your healthcare facility.
ShiftWise’s vendor management system helps your facility reach these goals and more with software customized for the healthcare industry. ShiftWise’s easy-to-use, all-in-one system has experiences tailored to individual users, meaning you can manage your staff the way that works for you. Automated order management, profile matching, and job ordering help you find qualified staff faster and more efficiently. With these tools at your fingertips, you’ll save time and money and streamline hiring processes across your entire facility while searching for contingent and even full-time staff.