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10 Workforce Trends to Watch in 2016

May 20, 2016

healthcare-workers.jpgAccording to a recent HealthStream HR Executive Survey, 75% of healthcare organizations say having a talent acquisition strategy is more important today than even a year ago. Here are 10 trends that will shape the coming years:

1. Healthcare is projected to be the fastest growing industry

Healthcare occupations are expected to grow faster than all others between 2014 and 2024, adding 2.3 million new jobs. Organizations will need to develop targeted recruiting and branding campaigns to attract top talent.

2. Millennials Transform Recruiting and Retention Strategies

The largest generation to enter the workforce since baby boomers – organizations that want to attract millennials must learn what drives them. Most hospital workplace policies were written for baby boomers.

3. New Skill Sets are in High Demand

All of the changes in the industry are changing the demands of leaders and staff. There are even entirely new roles such as care coordinators, health coaches and clinical documentation specialists. Traditional leadership roles – even in the C-Suite – are taking on new responsibilities – including working more closely with HR and IT.

4. Hospitals Take Advantage of New Recruiting Technologies

Mobile optimization and video technology need to be part of your recruiting strategy in 2016. 75% of respondents in a survey say that non-mobile websites leave them with a perception that the organization is “behind the times.”

5. HR Leaders Hone Old School Recruiting Tactics

At the same time, with the expansion of networking, some HR leaders are finding that tapping employee connections can be an effective tactic for finding the right workers.

6. Employee Benefits Receive a Makeover

Organizations are starting to provide benefit programs that address employees’ lifetime needs including things like financial classes.

7. Focus on the ED Intensifies Around Staffing and the Patient Experience

With 28% of all acute care visits coming through the emergency department – and the volume expected to increase, organizations are looking at new staffing models and training – and thinking about a potential new ED-focused patient experience program possibly rolling out in 2016.

8. Hospital M & A Leads to More Focus on Culture and Training

The healthcare consolidation wave continues. These deals have a significant impact on workers facing cultural assimilation practices, new job roles and new training.

9. Big Data Makes Big Demands on the Workforce

Surveys indicate that hospitals will continue to make big investments in analytics over the next year, as well as hiring and training new analytics staff.

10. The Rise of the Healthcare Consumer

People are increasingly shopping for healthcare services based on quality, price and customer service. In response, organizations are rolling out services typically offered in retail and other industries – including money-back guarantees!

Make sure to see the full article from Robin, thought leader at HealthStream.

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Our guest blog this week is from, Robin L. Rose, MBA – VP Healthcare Resource Group, HealthStream. This is an excerpt from Robin’s article in the latest edition of the Healthcare Workforce Advisor.

Robin Rose Robin Rose is the VP of the Healthcare Resource Group at Healthstream.