The pandemic has had an impact on many aspects of our lives.
From a hiring professional’s perspective, one of the most lasting impacts will undoubtedly be the challenges of staffing in the healthcare space.
We all remember the headlines and news stories showing overwhelmed healthcare facilities and overworked healthcare professionals and first responders.
Now that things have calmed down a bit, we have an opportunity to regroup and reassess. I think we would all agree on one thing, however: healthcare workers are in high demand, and this reality will not change anytime soon.
This short post will clearly demonstrate the business value of a partnership with a professional staffing firm.
Regardless of your company’s size or scope, you need strategic, reliable partnerships with staffing agencies as a staffing professional. This is especially true in the healthcare space.
You will learn three essential, value-added selection criteria to guide you in your search for a staffing agency partner:
- Longevity and Relevant Experience
- Value-Added Services
- Unique Business Value
Now don’t be alarmed, but we’re going to do the conclusion first. Kind of like dessert before dinner!
Hiring professionals can do their jobs more effectively and efficiently by leveraging strategic partnerships with staffing agencies. This is especially true with vertical sectors like healthcare, where post-pandemic demand is still very high, and supply is low.
Now let’s backtrack a bit and fill in some of the blanks as to why this conclusion is valid.
Evaluate the firm’s longevity and experience in the healthcare vertical.
This is the simplest and quickest way to evaluate a potential staffing agency partner. If they have been around for at least several years, there is a good chance that they are a reputable firm. The maxim of the “longer the better” is also a reliable gauge.
Use your network and ask around your circle of fellow hiring professionals. There is nothing like a positive, or negative for that matter, referral for a potential business partnership from a trusted colleague.
You are more likely to engage a business partner if they are already providing similar services to a friend or colleague.
Geography can also be an important decision point. If your workforce is located in a specific geographic area, you should probably consider working with a local agency.
You may want to engage with multiple agencies. Multiple geographical locations, different levels of professional and technical candidate skill sets, and other factors that impact your search process may warrant relationships with multiple staffing services.
Healthcare is essentially “recession-proof,” so you will want to carefully and thoughtfully select partnerships with agencies who are in it for the long haul.
Your staffing partner should have a dedicated, experienced healthcare team. Healthcare workers of all levels require specialized soft and hard skills. Certifications, education, skill levels, and continuing education criteria may have to be validated.
Look for this level of expertise and capability with your staffing agency. They may be able to assist you with some or all of the credentialing and verification process.
The bottom line is that your staffing agency partner should be able to help you navigate all critical aspects of the healthcare hiring process.
Utilize Value-Added Services.
Remember, staffing services have built successful business enterprises that are laser-focused on workforce management. They are an extension of you and your team. Their specialized tools are also an extension of you and your team.
The pandemic dramatically demonstrated that healthcare staffing can quickly become emergency staffing. The CDC has gone as far as to offer special guidance on this kind of emergency staffing.
Always be prepared to staff quickly and efficiently. This requirement isn’t just for pandemics. Professional staffing agencies can help you leverage their specialty staffing services and tools. Look for these specialized capabilities in a hiring partner:
Your staffing partner can help you with any and all of these specialty requirements.
You might be considering a full managed outsource of your entire contingency workforce, or you may be just looking for a little help with a job description. Your staffing partner is there to help with both of those extremes and everything in between.
So, we’ve already revealed the conclusion. What we do now?
Let’s make another conclusion, even better than the first one!
We didn’t forget our last category either. Our Unique Business Value is easily summed up below.
We treat every one of our clients as if they were our only client.
We don’t add a customer, regardless of size or scope, unless we are certain that we can efficiently and effectively serve you. That is the commitment of our founder and every member of our staff.
We’re here to help, so get in touch with our team today!