Chains. Links. Handshakes.
Legos. Puzzle pieces. Gears.
If you’ve ever visited a healthcare website—and healthcare recruiting sites, in particular—these are some of the most common images you’ll see. Just take a look at ours.
But what is it that they all have in common?
Chains, links, handshakes, Legos, puzzle pieces, and gears…they’re all symbols of engagement and connectedness, two topics that are leading conversations in the healthcare industry. Every individual of every team matters, and the lack of support and engagement from even one of these individuals will have an impact on the entire team.
So what can you do to nurture engagement among your staff?
First, you can join us on Sunday, September 25th at ASHHRA, where the topic is Nurturing Engagement in Shifting Landscapes, and where members from our own team will be speaking.
But if you can’t make it to that, here are a few of our best tips for bolstering engagement and connectivity amongst the members of your team.
4 Ways to Nurture Engagement
- Identify a shared purpose.
When we’re all working towards the same thing or with the same goal in mind, we don’t just work better—we work better together. Because of the demands of our industry, the common purpose will have to do with providing better quality of care to patients. And by making this the purpose of your entire team, you will all better work toward the same outcome.
- Treat individuals as partners.
Rather than treating physicians, nurses and other members of your team as staff, treat them as partners. These individuals should not just feel like they’re heard by your organization; they should be heard, and their ideas and concerns should be applied and resolved. These are the individuals who are closest to patients, after all.
- Give everyone an opportunity to lead.
Executives and department chairs aren’t the only leaders and influencers in your organization. Recognize and give responsibility to all individuals who are implementing positive changes in the community. Also, offer learning opportunities for all members of the staff so that they can better develop specific skills, like project management.
- Ask for feedback.
The best way to improve engagement is to ask physicians, nurses and members of your staff how engaged they feel now. Ask them to address areas of improvement, and find a positive way to resolve their concerns.
COORS is committed to providing a concierge level of service by delivering results, efficient implementation and continued support of your objectives. The goal of our firm is to become your long-term strategic partner and assist in the growth and success of your health system.
The healthcare industry is quickly shifting to a landscape with value-based purchasing, regulatory focus on patient safety and greater transparency. It is the job of human resource leaders to create a culture and implement strategies that support performance excellence and patient safety.