Demand for Healthcare talent continues in Australia – What’s your Strategy?

The Healthcare sector in Australia is growing at 3.6% providing a high demand for talent according to Ibis World, Healthcare Industry report Q8400, 2015.

What does this mean for your healthcare organization?

  • It’s imperative that you implement progressive, deliberate, talent strategies at every step of the hiring process. We used to say that healthcare was twenty years behind other industries in this respect. That’s improved. Now – we are perhaps only a decade behind, but catching up quickly. Are you prepared to receive applications and screen candidates on mobile devices?

  • Human Resources needs to have a seat at the strategy table because HR’s success or failure will, to a large extent, determine an organization’s ability to meet the challenges presented by the changing healthcare landscape.

  • Many healthcare leaders believe that talent strategies will have a significant impact on patient satisfaction, but beyond that realization, what steps are they taking?

  • You need to recognize that a candidate “selection” system is a two-way street. You need to put tools and processes in place to improve your ability to identify those candidates most likely to succeed. At the same time, though, you are competing for top talent –with other healthcare organizations, and in many front line positions, with other industries. Accordingly, is your candidate experience as efficient, effective and candidate friendly as possible? Are you selling your mission, your culture and doing all you can to communicate how special you are, from the application to the interview, and then during onboarding?

  • Finally – leadership matters - a lot. The primary way that staff evaluate their employment situation is by their relationship with their direct supervisor. Are you hiring glorified direct contributors to merely manage administrative duties or are you hiring people with real leadership skills –including the ability to build a team and make team members feel valued? Are you doing all you can to develop these leadership skills?

Every piece of this overall strategy contributes to your ability to attract, select and retain the best people.The Healthcare sector in Australia is growing at 3.6% providing a high demand for talent according to Ibis World, Healthcare Industry report Q8400, 2015. What does this mean for your healthcare organization? It’s imperative that you implement progressive, deliberate, talent strategies at every step of the hiring process. We used to say that healthcare was twenty years behind other industries in this respect. That’s improved. Now – we are perhaps only a decade behind, but catching up quickly. Are you prepared to receive applications and screen candidates on mobile devices?Human Resources needs to have a seat at the strategy table because HR’s success or failure will, to a large extent, determine an organization’s ability to meet the challenges presented by the changing healthcare landscape.Many healthcare leaders believe that talent strategies will have a significant impact on patient satisfaction, but beyond that realization, what steps are they taking?You need to recognize that a candidate “selection” system is a two-way street. You need to put tools and processes in place to improve your ability to identify those candidates most likely to succeed. At the same time, though, you are competing for top talent –with other healthcare organizations, and in many front line positions, with other industries. Accordingly, is your candidate experience as efficient, effective and candidate friendly as possible? Are you selling your mission, your culture and doing all you can to communicate how special you are, from the application to the interview, and then during onboarding?Finally – leadership matters - a lot. The primary way that staff evaluate their employment situation is by their relationship with their direct supervisor. Are you hiring glorified direct contributors to merely manage administrative duties or are you hiring people with real leadership skills –including the ability to build a team and make team members feel valued? Are you doing all you can to develop these leadership skills? Every piece of this overall strategy contributes to your ability to attract, select and retain the best people.

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