5 Ways to Increase Healthcare Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is challenging in today's workforce, but it is especially critical in the healthcare setting. With the changing healthcare climate, hospitals and healthcare facilities are under greater pressure to improve clinical care while lowering costs, implementing change, and reducing employee turnover. High levels of employee engagement can significantly impact these areas. Research shows a strong correlation between strong healthcare employee engagement and patient satisfaction, patient safety and quality, and improved clinical outcomes.

“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.