The legalization of marijuana and its use in the workplace continues to be a hot topic for employers. As of February 1, 2018, Maine’s recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use.

Every organization has its own success factors. Whether it is from its shared goals and vision or its strategic focus, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Today, employees must feel safe and supported by company leadership, and leaders must establish a culture where employees feel like they can thrive and grow. When workers see no room for development or have no understanding on how they can contribute, they will take the first opportunity from a competitor.

The challenges in healthcare HR are clear: an ongoing talent crunch, shifting regulations and reimbursement models, and ongoing mergers and acquisitions. To meet these challenges, HR leaders must focus on their core strengths and roles to implement talent strategies that support the bottom line.

Probably one of the most critical processes for healthcare HR professionals is the onboarding process for new team members. Although retention can begin as early as the recruitment stage, a well-crafted onboarding process can make a big difference in shifting the discouraging statistics in the industry. According to a survey by BambooHR, more than 15 percent of new hires leave within the first three months.

4 Keys to Building Winning Teams in Healthcare

Healthcare relies on collaboration. Each role in the healthcare organization plays a vital part in a patient’s care, and when people work together well, the organization thrives. Building winning healthcare teams is key to an organization’s success, even if it’s not always easy to do, especially at scale.

California’s Ban the Box Law: What Employers Need to Know

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 into law on October 14, 2017, expanding a section of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to restrict employers’ ability to make pre-hire and employment decisions based on an individual’s criminal history. California’s Ban the Box law is effective January 1, 2018.

AB 1008 applies to all employers in California with five or more employees and restricts affected employers from:

The 2017 Form I-9: Compliance Considerations for Employers

Earlier this summer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Form I-9 on July 17, 2017. As of September 18, 2017, employers are now required to use the updated form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. While the changes were relatively minor compared to the one released in November 2016, here’s an overview of what you need to know to ensure I-9 compliance for your organization.

7 Key Soft Skills Healthcare HR Should Consider When Hiring

A candidate’s fit to successfully execute a job has often been measured by his or her hard or technical skills supported by a degree. However, as demand for quality talent rises, employers are searching for candidates beyond their hard skills; they are seeking individuals who possess positive personal traits often referred to as “soft skills.” These soft skills often include but are not limited to their ability to effectively communicate, work in teams, and adapt to changing times.

The healthcare industry faces many challenges for sustaining an active workforce. Ongoing talent shortages, lower retention rates compared to other industries, and shifting workforce dynamics all contribute to the issues affecting healthcare HR professionals. While there are many different ways to approach talent acquisition and retention in healthcare, one area that can be overlooked is the role of the benefits package.

5 Ways Healthcare HR Can Recover from Employee Turnover

High turnover is a growing concern among healthcare employers because it has a direct effect on employee satisfaction as well as patient care. It affects how employees interact with patients, how much effort they’re willing to put in their work, and how often they’re going to miss work because they simply just don’t want to be there. If this is the case, the most important question you must ask is: “Why do I have a high turnover rate?” Reasons may include but are not limited to:

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