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Staffing Trends for Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry was one of the foremost impacted sectors by COVID-19. While there are positive and negative impacts, let us look at the recent data and dive into this further.

The current jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published that hospitals and ambulatory healthcare services registered a rise in employment with close to 39,000 jobs by the end of December 2020. In 2020 the healthcare industry saw an extension in roles that undeviatingly supported pandemic relief efforts.
Reflecting on the previous year, the healthcare industry saw an increase in positions that directly supported pandemic relief efforts. The COVID pandemic led to an elevated demand for first responders, COVID testers, support for testing sites, and other unique requirements and roles created in response to the pandemic including the roles highlighted by CNBC below:

  • Contact Tracers

  • COVID-19 Testers

  • COVID-19 Caregivers

  • Temperature Screeners

  • By-law Enforcement Officers

  • Screen Manufacturers and Installers

  • Face Mask Sewers

  • Zoom Support Specialists

  • While these positions have seen visible growth, long-term care jobs have seen a slump due to the virus. One of our skilled healthcare associates managing long-term care had this to say, "My inspiration during this pandemic are the residents that I look out for. Knowing I can care, comfort, support and provides some quite normalcy keeps me motivated in these trying times.” She added "We are their only network when their families can't visit. I plan to do all I can to bring a smile to their face and permit them to understand that they aren’t alone and there is still someone that cares about them. It hasn’t been so easy, but I keep pushing through for them.” Viewing the growth within the industry, our Medical & Science teams are continuing to determine high-volume needs for contact tracers, laboratory services assistants, and COVID swabbers. At Apidel, we have been driving the trend in promoting contact tracing programs for various companies.

    2020 was admittedly an astonishing experience to be for recruiting firms. When dealing with staffing trends within the healthcare industry, there is a fact that the medical profession must deal with. The industry witnessed significant ups and downs associated with employment, public, and health costs.

    Here are some top employment trends for the healthcare industry.

    Recruiting through non-traditional venues

    The time for posting jobs on bulletin boards is long gone. Today's market is way too competitive, and recruiters must be on their toes. Recruiters need to find new strategies to discover passive candidates. Social media recruiting is an ever-growing trend, and recruiters use it to recognize and entice candidates. Networking in online groups is a great way to engage with candidates. You get to share company updates, present useful professional advice and acquaint candidates with prospective opportunities.

    1. Technological Advancement(s)
      Technology is an ever-innovative notion. Diverse advanced technologies are promptly obtainable in the healthcare platform. These innovations tend to disrupt the industry's functionality. For example technology in the medical area has a tremendous influence on healthcare employment. Human Resources is influenced by technology-enabled recruiting and leadership development. Professional choices like MRI Technologists are common lately. Anyone looking to attain a career in healthcare must be conversant with the most modern technological progressions.

    2. Adapt a multigenerational workforce
      Today’s workforce consists of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers - all anticipating something distinctive from their roles and privileges. For any company with multigenerational workforces, it’s essential to recognize that each generation has an individual set of goals and ambitions. For example, the better you understand what Gen Z wants from the workplace versus what millennials anticipate, the easier your healthcare staffing strategy is going to be.

    3. Virtual and remote recruiting
      Virtual technologies have grown to be one of the most popular trends for 2020, and it is here to stay. For most job seekers, virtual communication was the only way to find new opportunities throughout most of 2020. Meanwhile, for recruiters, it was the only way to set up an interview/meeting, onboard, and even assist candidates to commence a new job. Not only has wide-scale remote recruiting proven possible, but recruiters have also developed candidate pools by extending their geographic recruiting territories. This modern approach of filling healthcare jobs is expected to expand, improve, and make the entire process smoother.

    4. Omni channel recruitment is the key
      There are innumerable platforms where recruiters can source, interview, and recruit talent. The key is to recognize which platforms are going to be most suitable for a specific position. This is where upskilling and reskilling of recruiters come into play. Furthermore, recruiters have to implement the audio and video modes to ensure that the job description and other documents look appealing to candidates.
      These are leading trends that will dominate 2021. Staffing agencies and healthcare recruiters should keep the above points in mind.

    5. Conclusion
      Healthcare staffing trends have incorporated virtual technology that involves clients’ onboarding experience and showcases the positive aspects organizations need to offer. Paying attention to those emerging trends might decide the success of your organization, so do your research. Additionally, there are concerns about technology forcing medical specialists out of work.
      Adapt a multigenerational workforce