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Takeaway #6: Healthcare Systems Are Leveraging Their Existing Workforce
Our roundtable was in agreement that one of the best strategies available to healthcare organizations is to move existing staff, especially nurses, to areas and departments where they are most needed. For example, some healthcare systems have transferred nurses who worked in outpatient facilities back to their original in-hospital departments.
In addition, staff who were furloughed when their outpatient facilities closed or reduced operations have been offered in-hospital positions.
Takeaway #7: Hospitals Located in Popular Destinations Are Seeing More Entry-level Candidates
Environmental and food service workers in the healthcare industry are also in great demand right now. Hospitals that are based in popular travel destinations are experiencing a rare opportunity to attract experienced workers who were laid off by nearby hotels, restaurants and casinos.
However, at least one roundtable participant noted that some hourly workers are afraid to work in healthcare right now, fearing increased exposure to COVID-19.
Takeaway #8: Healthcare Organizations Are Developing Programs to Support their People
The professionals in our roundtable are acutely aware of the incredibly difficult jobs that healthcare workers are currently performing. Their organizations are finding a variety of ways to support their staff and their families during this crisis, such as:
- Distributing groceries to employees working long hours, to spare them the need to go shopping.
- Allowing employees to order pizza from their cafeterias to bring home for dinner.
- Arranging discounts and deals from local business for employees and their families.
- Providing expanded mental health support. (It was noted that Headspace, the guided meditation app, is offering free Headspace Plus subscriptions to U.S. healthcare professionals who work in public settings to the end of the year.)
Finally, our roundtable expressed collective admiration for doctors, nurses and support staff on the front lines. They noted that, in their conversations with healthcare professionals, they’re impressed and inspired by their commitment to serve during this remarkably challenging time. At UrbanBound, we second that emotion. (And we think our roundtable participants are pretty impressive, too.)
Takeaway #9: Healthcare Mobility Pros Are Rethinking their Relocation Programs
Just as they are adopting new recruiting practices in a pandemic, healthcare organizations are reevaluating their relocation programs. Beyond the roundtable discussion, healthcare mobility professionals are telling us that traditional relocation management methods are no longer serving them well.
As with recruiting, they’re looking to leverage relocation technology more fully, providing guidance and support to relocating employees without adding to the organization’s administrative burden. In order to entice more healthcare professionals to transfer, they’re looking to offer them greater flexibility and choice, so transferees can customize their relocation benefits without creating program exceptions.
Similarly, they’re eager to provide new hires with more virtual information about their new areas in advance of a home-finding trip. They are increasingly appreciating the value of tech-based relocation portals as a way to speed decision making, even as physical travel has become more challenging.
In short, as they adapt to a rapid-changing healthcare landscape, they are recognizing that their relocation programs must adapt and advance as well.
UrbanBound is a tech-driven relocation management company that modernizes the way companies relocate their employees while reducing costs by greater than 25%. If you want to learn more about UrbanBound, request a demo!