For the past several decades, the U.S. labor pool has grown rapidly as increased numbers of women and “baby boomers” of both genders joined the workforce, and as the relatively small number of persons born during the Great Depression retired. The future looks much different… Health care will face the twin challenges of attracting and retaining replacements for retiring workers while expanding its workforce to care for an aging population.
Hospital CEO turnover rose to 18 percent nationwide in 2009, the highest turnover rate since 1999 and only the fourth time the rate has reached this level since tracking began in 1981, according to a survey by the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times — and skyrocketing costs — have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.
This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge.
Ryan Champlin, vice president of operations for the physician network at the Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, isn’t prone to hyperbole. But when it comes to practical implications of the athenahealth-Microsoft partnership that was announced at HIMSS11 in February, he can’t help it.
“People get mad at me for being so excited about this,” said Champlin, “but, honestly, this is the holy grail of health data.”
Through the deep recession of 2008-2009, healthcare employers could pretty well count on their workers to stay put, even clinical specialists in particularly high demand. But with the economy on the mend, some health care professionals inevitably will start to look for greener pastures. That’s why executives and managers at hospitals and other health care providers are renewing their efforts to retain those hard-to-replace specialists in whom they’ve invested substantial resources.
Consider more than personality to make sure you choose the best fit for the position at hand. Your new employee has been on the job for 6 weeks now, and you’ve realized that, unfortunately, you hired the wrong person for the job. Her personality isn’t meshing well with her other coworkers, she isn’t working as fast as she should be and she just doesn’t seem like she wants to be there.
In recent years, the American workplace has been infused with unprecedented levels of hostility, and that’s largely due to the deterioration of supervisor-subordinate trust, according to Florida State University researchers.