3 Takeaways from the 2019 ASHHRA Conference

The 2019 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) Conference took place this past week in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. This year’s theme was “Connect. Innovate. Transform.” In the midst of constant change in the healthcare field, fostering professional connections is more important than ever before. Sarah Fredrickson, ASHHRA President, discussed how healthcare HR must lead an engaged workforce to innovate.

How Healthcare Employers Can Cultivate Compassion

Compassion is a ubiquitous human trait, and it goes by a lot of names. One such iteration has the power to decide the fate of healthcare professionals everywhere: bedside manner. Patients want the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals they interact with to be engaged, understanding and good at listening. Anything short of that can have negative repercussions for the patient.

Why Random Drug Testing Makes Sense for Healthcare Employers

While mandatory random employee drug testing is common in safety-sensitive positions, the vast majority of healthcare professionals who are responsible for patient care are not subject to any kind of monitoring for substance abuse. 

Drug testing remains an essential part of workplace safety, providing numerous benefits to employers, regardless of industry. While random drug testing provides an extra layer of safety, it is not very common in the healthcare industry.

3 Ways to Address Mental Health in the Healthcare Workplace

Mental health is not the easiest conversation to have in the workplace. In fact, 61 percent of employees feel there’s a social stigma in the workplace toward colleagues with mental health issues, according to a report from Unum, a provider of employee benefits.

The Future of Leadership Development How Healthcare Employers Can Get It Right

Leaders can come from a variety of backgrounds in healthcare. They may have financial, business or medical backgrounds. Because of this, cultivating leaders in healthcare has unique challenges. For example, those with skills drawn from the medical world have an intimate understanding of the tasks their medical staff members need to complete, but they may not have the management skills required to succeed in leadership positions.

3 Keys to Optimizing the Patient Experience

The patient experience increasingly matters for healthcare organizations. Harvard Business Review says that upwards of 60 percent of healthcare spending can be directly influenced by active patient choices. This means optimizing the patient experience is critical for your organization’s success. But what exactly does that look like?

6 Common Methods for Employee Drug Testing

With our nation on the heels of an opioid epidemic, states continuing to legalize marijuana use, drug testing positivity rates continuing to rise, and the perception of a dwindling job applicant pool, some employers are challenging the entire idea of performing drug testing in their workplaces. Are there still benefits for conducting employee drug testing?

The 45th National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR) Conference took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past week. By practicing self-discovery, healthcare recruiters can become better leaders in the workplace. In the increasingly competitive healthcare hiring environment, recruiters are challenged with distinguishing their employer brand in order to tackle the industry’s biggest issues such as the ongoing talent shortages and passive talent pools. 

Continuous Improvement in Healthcare: Why it Matters and How to do it

Anything that’s worth doing is worth improving, especially in healthcare. From managing new talent to screening employees to refining daily processes, these are all key components to saving time, resources, and most importantly, patients’ lives. 

In general, people who are passionate about continuous improvement often ask two important questions: “What are we doing?” and “How can we do it better?” By asking these kinds of questions, organizational leaders can begin to measure what is working and what needs improvement.

As the healthcare sector witnesses unprecedented organizational changes, fostering leadership potential in physicians is crucial. Studies have shown that physician leadership has positive effects on both organizational outcomes and patient care. There’s no question that physician leadership marks a change for the better in healthcare organizations, but achieving that change can be difficult.

So how can HR teams in healthcare organizations integrate physicians into leadership roles?

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