Healthcare staffing has never been more challenging. While home health care agencies, long-term care facilities and other healthcare organizations already faced staffing shortages prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pandemic has further increased the demand for qualified healthcare talent.
To ensure you hire the best team – and support top-notch patient care as a result – you need an effective healthcare staffing strategy in place. And to make your process as efficient as possible, it’s important to tap into a hiring platform that seamlessly integrates with your other HR systems – such as onboarding and scheduling. Below, we’ve highlighted several benefits of taking an integrated approach to hiring, onboarding and engaging employees.
Effectively attract and hire top talent
With the right hiring platform, your organization can drive efficiencies throughout the healthcare staffing process, enabling you to keep candidates engaged, decrease time to hire and save money on your hiring efforts as a result.
Given the recent spike in unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, millions of job seekers are now on the market for their next job opportunities. Now more than ever, it’s critical to excite top talent about joining your healthcare organization and reach them where they’re searching for open roles. A recruitment marketing and hiring partner such as Hireology can empower your healthcare team to attract a diverse, qualified talent pool with compelling job descriptions, a content-rich career site and integrated job boards.
Once you’ve secured eager job seekers, you can streamline the hiring process with customizable hiring steps and interview guides, along with in-platform verifications like skills tests, references and background checks. The entire healthcare staffing process can be completed digitally, enabling your healthcare team to keep the hiring process moving even if you’re still working in a remote capacity.
Boost new hire productivity and engagement
Once new hires sign their offer letters, you’ll want to make the transition from candidate to employee as seamless as possible. The sooner new hires get onboarded and up to speed, the sooner they’ll start contributing to your organization and supporting the best patient care possible. By integrating your hiring platform with your onboarding and scheduling systems, you can quickly set new hires up for success.
With an integrated hiring and onboarding platform in place, you can kick off digital onboarding as soon as an offer letter is signed. Automated, digital onboarding tasks that can be completed before the first day include: filling out direct deposit information for automated payroll, completing tax forms, filling out benefits paperwork and signing the employee handbook.
In addition to onboarding, your team can also drive productivity and engagement with automatic connections between your hiring and scheduling systems. With such an integration, new hire data can be seamlessly sent to your scheduling provider, enabling employees to accept new shifts quickly.
If your employees end up waiting around for shifts to manually get scheduled, they can get frustrated and might even end up seeking work elsewhere. But more streamlined scheduling enables caregivers to manage their own time – and accept shifts as they open up – boosting engagement.
Reduce manual tasks and avoid errors
Beyond boosting productivity among your new hires, integrated healthcare staffing, onboarding and scheduling can help your HR team cut back on manual administrative tasks – saving time reducing errors.
Rather than running through onboarding steps manually with each new employee, and potentially overlooking key steps or making an error keying in new hire information, digital onboarding enables the whole process to be completed before the first day – and without error.
On the scheduling side, instead of playing phone tag with a long list of caregivers, partnering with an integrated scheduling provider enables you to share open shifts – and empowers caregivers to accept these shifts in minutes. Through an automated scheduling provider, open shift opportunities are sent to one or several caregivers either via email or text. Then, the first caregiver to accept the shift automatically gets scheduled. In addition to saving time, your team can reduce errors that you otherwise would have faced by scheduling via paper forms.
Integrated hiring, onboarding and scheduling can help your healthcare organization set new employees up for success and empower them to drive productivity for your team right away. Hireology helps streamline healthcare staffing for organizations across the country.
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