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HR For a Changing Healthcare Workforce

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   September 06, 2023

The first look at HealthLeaders' Workforce Week, five days of coverage spotlighting must-know strategies for healthcare HR leaders beginning Monday, September 11.

As the healthcare workforce continues to evolve, so does the role of human resources.

HR leaders are no longer siloed and left to focus just on benefits programs. They are a larger part of the organization's C-suite leadership team, strategizing on workplace culture, impacts on employee wellbeing, ways to combat burnout, and recruitment and retention efforts.

For five days, beginning September 11, you'll have the opportunity to learn from HR professionals and other leaders in healthcare and other industries on how to keep up with the changing tides. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect during HealthLeaders' Workforce Week.

Preview 1: Addressing Workforce Challenges With the Help of CEOs

Between the labor shortages, diminished margins, accelerating competition, and even leadership vacancies, there’s a perfect storm of workforce factors pressing healthcare CEOs. CEOs need to employ meticulous strategies and team up with their HR leaders to rein in costs while creatively thinking about building a sustainable workforce.

Preview 2: 12 Metrics Every HR Professional Should Track

Metrics have always been an important part of HR, but to many HR professionals, 2022 was the year they became essential. In an incredibly tough job market, a political landscape where everything felt flipped upside down, and a rocky economy, companies were desperate to hold onto their employees as priorities shifted and workers made drastic choices.

Preview 3: A Focus on Employee Well-Being

Improving overall employee well-being can have important and positive impacts on the engagement, loyalty, productivity, and innovation of a workforce. Although the term is broad, employee well-being includes monitoring and taking steps to address both physical and mental well-being, as well as opportunities for advancement and a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Preview 4: Fixing the Ecosystem

Often great leaders are born of necessity. They see something wrong with the current state of affairs and decide that they should make a personal effort to change things for the better. "It's not just about fixing individual challenges faced by specific groups, but about addressing the overall ecosystem," says one HR leader.

Preview 5: "It Starts With Culture"

HealthLeaders is joined by Maxine Carrington, the chief people officer at Northwell Health, on the HealthLeaders Podcast for a special workforce week episode. During the interview, Carrington shares insights on HR for a changing healthcare workforce, including the importance of culture, keeping up with current recruitment and retention trends, and effectively making organizational change as an HR leader.

Melanie Blackman is a contributing editor for strategy, marketing, and human resources at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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