According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 59 percent of U.S. health care employers say they have experienced negative implications from extended job vacancies, citing lower morale, higher employee turnover and even lawsuits.
When asked about specific losses, 36 percent of employers said employee morale was lower, due to an overworked staff; one in five reported that patients received less attention, 11 percent saw an increase in employee turnover; and 10 percent reported more mistakes in administration of patient care. Another 4 percent cited an increase in lawsuits.
These findings underscore the need for health care organizations to create proactive recruitment strategies that focus on building talent pipelines and leveraging workforce analytics, according to Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. According to Lovelace:
“Organizations are struggling to find a balance between bringing in new talent and hiring experienced industry veterans capable of stepping into stressful environments with little ramp-up time. It’s important, however, that health care leaders develop pathways for new graduates.”