The labour market is experiencing a lot of turmoil in general right now, as worldwide economic concerns and new working conditions introduced by the pandemic have caused a lot of employees (and even employers) to reevaluate their relationship with work. There may be nowhere that this is more apparent than in the healthcare industry.
Healthcare workers have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, and the healthcare industry as a whole has had to reckon with the fallout of such an unprecedented event. Along with employees facing mental health and physical health crises, they have also had to contend with new work modes, as remote working and flexible scheduling have introduced new dynamics to the workplace. This has led to many organisations in the Healthcare industry having to face a lot of new challenges to better serve their employees, especially when it comes to HR.
HR is central to the operation and organisation of almost any business worldwide. If HR departments cannot function properly, the effects are felt throughout the business. But as problems develop in the business world, so does our access to solutions, and for all of the new concerns that HR departments have to deal with, new tools are being created to meet these challenges.
Here at Moonworkers, our HR software suite was created to help empower HR departments to better manage all of their responsibilities and boost the productivity of their organisations. To help illustrate how our software can be applied to the healthcare industry's challenges today, we have decided on a few pressing issues to discuss, along with the tools you can rely on to address them.
#1 Turnover and Retention
The Healthcare industry is currently battling a significant issue regarding employee turnover. After years of battling Covid-19, healthcare employees have made their own voices be heard as part of the “Great Resignation,” as record numbers of workers are reportedly leaving essential systems like the NHS.
There are many causes for this issue, including the desire to achieve a better work-life balance after combating a pandemic for years. With the chaos that has been in healthcare the past few years, it is understandable that employees are doing what they can to find some peace and solace, especially if they feel that their employers are not responsive to their needs. Now, organisations must ask themselves how they can better serve employees and improve their retention rates. One place to begin is to look at better onboarding and retention strategies; this is where Moonworkers can help you thrive.
How Moonworkers can help
There are many individual factors that can cause an employee to leave their job, but it is also important to consider the broader infrastructure in place and how it accommodates workers. When you have a system in place where employees can easily manage their schedules, receive their pay, and access information/assistance with their issues, then they feel more supported in their duties and welcome in their workplace.
The Moonworkers platform is great for this, as our robust HR software offers a platform that supports employees across multiple areas, including self-service tools for workers that allow them to feel more engaged with their workplace. Another important aspect we focus on is onboarding and making sure the employees you do find can be seamlessly integrated and feel comfortable in their position. With our incredibly cohesive workflow processes, you can swiftly implement and manage onboarding practices, while providing employees with an easy-to-follow procedure.
#2 Preparing for time off
We mentioned how crucial work-life balance has been for workers affected by a severe pandemic, but the data truly tells the story of how traumatic this time has been for healthcare workers. A recent report going back as far as 2017 but including the last few pandemic years shows that hospital staff have taken a combined total of 8 million days off in the last 5 years for mental health concerns. Making sure your employees are taken care of means providing them the time they need for rest.
To help better serve your organisation, as well as the employees who maintain it, it is best to have a comprehensive system in place that offers sensible tools for managing schedules and requesting/approving time off. To better accommodate tired healthcare workers, we need to better support their work-life balance, and your business needs to accommodate their time off.
How Moonworkers can help
Fortunately, Moonworkers knows how important schedule management and Rota planning are for businesses, especially healthcare. Without the right number of employees in the right place at the right time, results can be much more impactful than in other industries. That is why through our platform, you can easily view and manage employee schedules and simply observe where shortages, overlaps, or any other issues may occur.
On top of just employer benefits, our software also offers maximum comfort and accessibility for employees. Employees can easily access a company portal that allows them to input their needed time off, which you can then easily approve or comment on. With these systems in place, workers can more easily find the means to request the rest they need, while employers have the insight necessary to accommodate this time off and make staffing changes where necessary.