Are you seeking to hire, train, and retain highly-qualified, deeply engaged allied health professionals?
Certified allied health professionals and their many roles are essential to outpatient clinics, surgical centers, hospitals, and numerous other healthcare settings. The demand for these highly skilled frontline healthcare workers is quite high, as reflected by the challenges employers often face when it comes to recruiting and retaining them. You’ll have to stand out to achieve the results you seek.
Here are three top resources that will improve your hiring, training and retention of allied health professionals.
1) Find qualified candidates by listing jobs on healthcare-specialized job search sites
Hiring an allied health professional soon? When choosing where to list allied health job openings at your organization, consider convenience. Most well-designed company websites include a section where interested parties can explore career opportunities. However, many allied health job candidates on the hunt opt to check industry-related jobs search websites for allied health jobs instead. This way, they can view numerous job listings conveniently on one screen to weigh their options.
Most NHA certified allied health professionals prefer our free-to-use job board, which breaks job opportunities up by proximity and job category, and allows them to view opportunities from their top-choice employers in one convenient location via our Employer Directory. With less irrelevant results to sift through, it becomes easier for the highly motivated allied health professionals you seek to find and apply to career opportunities that match their qualifications. After completing our fast and free registration process, you’ll be able to list your company in the Employer Directory, post multiple job listings for free, and track applicants with our easy to use applicant tracking feature.
Quick Tip: Once you’ve narrowed down your list of candidates, you can quickly & easily verify their certifications on our website.
The benefit of free-to-use job search sites like Indeed or Glassdoor is obvious: they’re very budget friendly. They’re also very popular, overall, and have thousands of job listings across all industries. However, certain paid job search sites, such as Career Vitals & Healthcare Source, specifically cater to healthcare professionals and healthcare employers. Healthcare-specialized job search sites like these typically offer more categories for listings, to help employers create and job-seekers find healthcare job listings that align with candidates’ qualifications.
2) Integrate national certification into your training program
Training that leads to a national certification makes new and seasoned employees feel more capable and confident in their positions. It also demonstrates that you, as an employer, are invested in their career success. The National Healthcareer Association offers the following NCCA-accredited certifications:
- Medical Assistant (CCMA)
- EKG Technician (CET)
- Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
- Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
- Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
- Patient Care Technician (CPCT/A)
- Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
- Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
For all NHA certification exams, supportive exam preparation and diagnostic analytic support are available to maximize your employees’ success. We encourage you to help your employees “stack” their credentials (seek more than one certification) to develop more versatile and flexible skills in your workforce, and support their overall career success.
Quick Tip: Training, certifying and developing your allied health employees has never been easier or more rewarding. To get started, take a look at our employer resources.
3) Hear your healthcare workers opinions through direct feedback
It’s a simple equation: Greater Employee Satisfaction = Higher Retention Rates.
High turnover in healthcare is common, but with the right employee retention strategy, it doesn’t have to be inevitable. Of all the employee retention resources available to you, direct feedback from your employees is the most valuable. Valuing your employees’ opinions leads to them becoming individually invested in the success of your company. Employees that feel heard are driven to deliver better patient care, as they begin to see themselves as stakeholders in your company.
The simplest way to figure out where employees want you to improve is with an employee engagement survey. You can create custom employee questionnaires at low cost on easy-to-use platforms like Survey Monkey or Typeform with a template, and deliver them directly via employees’ secure work email system. Once you’ve gathered all of the relevant data, you can begin to develop an employee retention strategy that’s designed for optimum results.
With these tools in your arsenal, hiring, training, and retaining allied health professionals will become easier for your organization. However, these resources will not be enough all on their own. The most highly sought-after employers in the allied health industry are always learning and improving.
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