When healthcare workers leave their positions, it can often lead to a domino effect of coworkers following suit. Healthcare professionals may also become burnt out and frustrated with their office, or the healthcare system as a whole. It is important that healthcare employers find more creative ways to retain healthcare employees and a better process for hiring new ones as needed. That means healthcare employers must offer work that is both rewarding and meaningful to workers, as well as continue to offer employees opportunities for career advancement.
But most importantly, you want to hire the right people for the job. Here are a few tips in helping you make the right hiring decisions.
- Think about healthcare professionals you already have on staff. Who are the most prolific performers? What skills do these workers have in common? Finding successful commonalities can greatly assist in your hiring process. And save you money.
- Invest in the hiring process. Spending money now may save you down the road. Not only in your hard-earned revenue but also with work.
- Do not ignore employee referrals. A lot of healthcare professionals who refer their healthcare colleagues can also provide first-hand insight into how well those healthcare professionals will fit within the company’s culture and if they are the right candidate to remain in their position long term.
- Offer more than just a salary. Stipends, bonuses, healthcare benefits, flexible work schedules – these perks won’t only attract higher quality workers but also will entice them to stay.
- Invest in your employees. Offering programs that pay for certifications and continued education will make your employees feel appreciated. Help provide them a way forward to a better career. It will do wonders for retention and your reputation as an employer.
Finally, consider outsourcing some of your tasks so you can focus more on the hiring process. Don’t bog yourself down with the mundane, or with activities, you lack the expertise in performing at an optimal level. Contact us to learn how we can help free up your time so you can work on vital tasks like hiring and maintaining an engaged workforce. Everyone wins.
Health centers and medical practices store a plethora of sensitive patient information. So, it’s no surprise that healthcare facilities are the number one target for hackers. Healthcare experienced upwards of 3 times more cyberattacks than any other industry (Cisco). Ignoring this threat is not a wise choice. If you still aren’t convinced that you need to check, and then recheck, your security protocols, here are seven more statistical examples of why you need to make this a priority right now.
- Healthcare is the top target of hackers, accounting for 41% of the total incidents that occurred in 2018. (https://www.beazley.com/news/2019/beazley_breach_insights_february_2019.html)
- Why hack? Hackers breach security mainly for financial gain. 86% of breaches were financially motivated in 2019. (https://enterprise.verizon.com/resources/reports/dbir/?cpur=1&#industries)
- 98% of IoT devices are unencrypted and unsecured. (https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/cybersecurity/83-of-medical-imaging-devices-operate-on-outdated-software-report.html)
- On average, healthcare organizations spent $1.4 million to recover from cyberattacks in 2018. (https://www.radware.com/ert-report-2018/)
- Six in ten healthcare IT professionals state that email was the most common security breach. (HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey)
- Electronic Health Records can be sold for as much as $50 each. In comparison, social security numbers sell for $1 on the black market. (http://www.illuminweb.com/wp-content/uploads/ill-mo-uploads/103/2418/health-systems-cyber-intrusions.pdf)
- 87% of healthcare IT leaders claim they lack the proper security personnel to protect information. (https://healthitsecurity.com/news/87-health-orgs-lack-security-personnel-for-effective-cyber-posture)
Hopefully, these stats make it crystal clear that you need to make cybersecurity a top priority at your health center. That’s why at Practice Management we implement security protocols such as penetration testing, data loss detection, and multi-factor authentication. Patient information is too important to leave to chance.