Healthcare employees are confident about the economy, their job security and the future of their employers, according to the Q3 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index. In fact, the third quarter survey recorded a confidence level of 59.2, the highest among healthcare workers since Randstad began tracking industry attitudes in Q1 2012. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 170 healthcare professionals.
Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during and since the government shut down.
High Demand for Top Executives
“Healthcare organizations continue to maneuver in the transforming healthcare environment, with executive roles such as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer particularly in high demand,” said Steve McMahan,EVP of Randstad US, Professionals and President of Randstad Healthcare. “Executive roles are important because these employees bring their clinical expertise and perspectives, and are instrumental in helping to develop and carry out strategies to increase patient satisfaction surveys and reduce readmission rates. Reimbursement will hinge upon these factors as we move away from the fee-for-service model. Skills for these positions include clinical, management and strong interpersonal skills.
Employers Must Ramp Up Recruiting Efforts
“Given the demand and resulting competition for talent, employers will need to work hard to attract top healthcare professionals by demonstrating the unique attributes that make their facility a great place to work,” McMahan continued. “For U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, the prevalence of job vacancies and openings for qualified talent is an ongoing concern. Simply put, for hospitals and health systems, profitability is more and more contingent upon a skilled, engaged and satisfied workforce.”
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