A thriving medical practice relies on experienced team members all working as a cohesive unit. Unfortunately, the same qualities that make top-tier nurses, PAs and support staff so valuable to your practice also make them valuable to your competitors. Since experienced medical professionals are in such high demand, some facilities find it difficult to hold on to their best and brightest. If you’re looking for ways to help retain your top-performing workers, here are three of Odyssey Staffing’s top tips.
Listen and Learn
Perhaps the best way to hold on to your top workers is by engaging with your staff and listening to their concerns. Most problems don’t crop up out of nowhere, and by maintaining an open dialogue with your workers, you can usually correct conflicts in the early stages before they snowball into larger issues. Top-tier employees want to feel like valued members of the team, so take their concerns seriously, listen to what they have to say and show that you’re committed to creating the best environment possible.
Even the most consistent and experienced employees can get burned out if their work schedule is too rigorous. If it’s possible for your practice, institute a more flexible schedule, allowing staff to come in a little later on slow days or leave early when the day’s work is finished. Additionally, be conscious of when people are working unfavorable hours. If you have a facility that is open on weekends or late into the night, try to rotate the schedule around so that the same people aren’t always working undesirable shifts.
Create a Relaxed Environment
Working in medicine can be incredibly stressful, so you should try to lessen the stress of your employees whenever possible. For starters, be flexible when it comes to taking breaks. Allowing your staff some autonomy on when they can take a few minutes to themselves helps cut down on stress. Additionally, some practices find that they can liven up the atmosphere of their offices by putting games and puzzles in the break room or by holding a monthly potluck. By giving your staff ways to unwind while on the job, you can create an environment that people want to stay in.
Let Odyssey Staffing Find Quality Medical Staff for You
For more than a decade, Odyssey Staffing has been a nationwide leader in permanent and locum tenens medical staffing. Our placement experts specialize in finding work for anesthesiologists, CRNAs, NPs, and PAs. To learn more about how Odyssey can find valuable workers to join your team, give us a call or contact us online today.