Are You Examining Your Compensation Practices? 5 Questions to Get You Started

Are you statistically examining your compensation practices? If not, you should be, because someone else will. And that someone else just might be the Federal Government…. It’s important to know what story can be told by your data. The best way to find out is to statistically examine it. Not only will this help you prepare for what the government may find when they analyze your data, it will provide you with an opportunity to identify potential problem areas, and give you a chance to take corrective action where appropriate.

Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage

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.

Bridging the Gaps (Healthcare IT)

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.”

Pharma Begins Using Social Media to Recruit New Talent

While Facebook may come to mind as the most likely social media tool for this purpose, it isn’t! This is because Facebook is primarily a social, not a professional network like LinkedIn or BioCrowd. Further, despite Facebook’s gargantuan size, the lack of real time interaction coupled with the sheer volume of updates, ads, activities and games at the site render it largely ineffective as a job advertising or recruiting tool.

Greening Healthcare, a New Opportunity for Engaging Employees

Employee retention and recruitment may seem like the same concept, but each require a very different approach to be successful. With recruiting, the approach is one of educating potential employees about your organization and the benefits of working there. Often this is focused on salary and benefits, with other factors such as working conditions, location, scheduling. However in the last decade, an organization’s green performance has started to become more important and is a contributing factor in attracting new top talent.

AHA Establishes New Award To Recognize Leadership In Health Care Quality Improvement

The AHA announces the new Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award to recognize state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations’ leadership in improving health care quality. The award will be presented annually to a hospital association that demonstrates leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contributes to national health care improvement efforts.

Defining Organizational Values With One Question

Would you believe that effectively guiding your organization’s values, culture and performance is as simple as asking yourself one question? ….Leaders can articulate their values and drive their organization’s culture by asking one simple question. Hint: It’s more personal than you might think.

Best Practices for Recruitment & Retention

The health care workforce shortage has abated, thanks largely to the Great Recession and its lingering effects, which have persuaded many employees to postpone retirement and are prompting a growing number of physicians to seek hospital employment…. Nursing is one staffing area in which some hospitals went from famine to feast…. But be warned: This is the calm before the storm. A larger, more challenging shortage across multiple disciplines is on the horizon. Experts predict a shortage of about 260,000 registered nurses and 150,000 physicians by 2025 and 38,000 pharmacists by 2030.

Elevating the Role of the Healthcare Human Resource Leader

With the current focus on supply costs, inventories, and productivity, we sometimes overlook the fact that the senior HR leaders in healthcare have the responsibility to strategically manage the most significant and largest expense and resource of any healthcare organization -– the people who provide the care and service. Even though the CFO does not have complete control or influence over supply costs, it remains their ultimate responsibility to make sure the costs are managed efficiently and wisely. Likewise, the CHRO has the added responsibility of dealing with the tightly intertwined cost of people and the impact any decisions will have on the motivation and engagement level of individuals with emotions and concerns.