“Employee engagement” is a term often used in the human resources world; but in a healthcare setting, can it apply to physicians, too? The answer, increasingly, is “yes,” especially as more hospitals bring on physicians as employees instead of just granting them privileges; a step that brings those physicians under the purview of HR professionals, says David Rowlee, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader of Integrated Healthcare Strategies.

Employee retention is important to every employer, but for healthcare organizations, it’s critical. Holding on to highly skilled employees is a challenge and will only get more difficult as demographic trends shrink the pool of healthcare employees at the same time as demand for healthcare grows.

How to Reduce Staff Turnover in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Retaining good employees is an issue in every industry, but with long hours and emotionally draining work, retaining healthcare workers has its own special challenges. Then there’s the costs of replacing doctors, nurses and other employees with specific skill sets and certifications. It soon becomes clear that retention is, by necessity, a high priority for many healthcare organizations.