Top 5 Takeaways from the 2016 NAHCR IMAGE Conference

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 42nd National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR) IMAGE Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2016, more than ever, it is evident that healthcare recruiters need to integrate new technology and social media in order to attract tomorrow’s talent. This imperative was evident by this year’s opening keynote session, which focused on the use of video as a recruiting tool.

As you review your recruitment processes for the year, consider the following five key takeaways from this year’s NAHCR conference.

5 Key Recruiting Metrics for Healthcare

While tracking recruitment metrics can be viewed as a tedious, time-consuming process, regularly monitoring recruiting metrics is the easiest way to save time and money. It’s easy to ignore metrics and tell yourself that they don’t matter, but they are essential to measuring the overall success of your recruitment and hiring efforts.

A patient-centered culture is one that "honors and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, values and goals," according to The Permanente Journal. When you hire for positions in healthcare organizations, best practices dictate a conscious recruiting process, focused on selecting those candidates who will contribute to a patient-centered culture. Below are some tips about why this is important and how to go about hiring the right people.

Healthcare employers know they have to be at the top of their game to get the people they need: Increasing provider retirements as insurance coverage expands mean healthcare recruiting has gotten competitive. The first Tuesday of June is National Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day, so it’s a good time to look at best practices in healthcare recruiting. These five tips will help your organization stand out to potential hires.

More Strategic Healthcare HR: Takeaways from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast

The healthcare industry is “Headed in the Wrong Direction” and it’s struggling due to the changing business environments and demographics. Leader quality and bench strength (the capabilities and readiness of potential successors to move into key professional and leadership positions) have declined or seen no change in the recent years, according to Development Dimensions International’s and The Conference Board’s latest Global Leadership Forecast.

As talented job candidates continue to be in short supply, your healthcare organization will benefit from expanding its traditional recruitment sources. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has identified the broadening of sourcing scopes as one of their key HR trends for 2016.

A recent report from Deloitte found that culture and engagement, leadership and workforce capability are some of the biggest HR challenges healthcare employers are facing, and healthcare HR leaders are looking for tools to lighten the load. One potential solution: talent analytics. Once limited to simple personality tests, talent analytics can now help organizations be more strategic in many areas of HR management, experts say.

3 Ways Hiring Managers Can Repair the Candidate Experience

A CareerBuilder survey reveals that 82 percent of employers think there’s little to no negative impact on the company when a candidate has a bad experience during the hiring process—but that couldn’t be less true. Not only can an unpleasant candidate experience reflect negatively on you and your employer brand, but Steve Lowisz, CEO of global recruitment research firm Qualigence International, says it can leave candidates feeling unappreciated and disrespected.

A strong talent management strategy is essential to achieving your healthcare organization’s mission.

The national unemployment rate is holding steady at 5 percent as of December 2015, which means the job market is now candidate-driven. Staffing professionals know that filling positions in healthcare is even more challenging than in other industries when the applicant pool is tight.