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New Survey Finds Staff Turnover Top Concern for Healthcare Recruiters in 2015


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

A new study by Health eCareers found that nearly one-third of healthcare recruiters in the U.S. rank employee turnover as their greatest staffing concern this year and say hiring the best healthcare employees is only half the battle – once you have them, you need to keep them. The findings are part of Health eCareers’ new trends in healthcare recruiting blog series, which profiles the results of the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey.

Turnover in hospitals has high numbers and results in high costs in the industry. According to 565 healthcare employer respondents in Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey, almost 30 percent expect that they will have more job openings in 2015 than last year, and 45 percent expect to have about the same. But forty-three percent of respondents say finding qualified talent is their number one obstacle.

Retention is the Solution

Employee retention should be the first line of defense to combat the challenges created by turnover and is a key strategic imperative for 90 percent of hospitals.

“According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the healthcare unemployment rate is 3.5 percent. Many economists feel full healthcare employment is between two and three percent, so this means we are very close to full employment,” says Bill Thomson, a healthcare staffing expert and account representative at Health eCareers.

This finding raises the question: where will healthcare get its new workers?

Thomson says because most healthcare professionals are currently employed, it’s much more effective and efficient to invest in retention than to go out, recruit and train new employees.

Tips for Recruiters to Shape Retention

Thomson offers healthcare recruiters the following tips to help hospitals with employee retention.

1. Hire someone who’s a good fit, not who comes at a low cost

Employee productivity, a direct result of the quality of hires, is a key issue within the hospital and healthcare workforce. Thomson cautions that recruiters should beware of promoting employees who do not have good leadership skills.

2. Push for impactful talent-management funding

Nearly 80 percent of Health eCareers’ survey respondents say employer brand and culture are “important,” while 17 percent say they are “not priorities at this time.” A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that healthcare systems invest significantly less in HR programs than other industries, and Thomson says it’s time for healthcare systems to step up to the plate and push for funding.

3. Emphasize the organization’s reputation in the recruiting process

Although the recruitment industry spent a whopping $ 16 billion dollars on advertising last year, Thomson questions the value of advertising if a brand evokes little name recognition or positive emotional value. Instead, he says using differentiation and affinity are key when trying to appeal to an increasingly limited talent pool.

4. Recognize and own a few key goals at a time

Thomson warns that abrupt change can destroy a positive work culture, so it’s key that leadership and the marketing teams identify the most important reasons why the facility is in business.

“There are so many forces that change the focus within a hospital,” he explains. “If patient satisfaction surveys are down, focus shifts. If costs get out of hand, focus shifts. The focus for recruiters mirrors the changing focus of the organization as a whole, and that’s unsustainable.”

Thomson says that changing goals frequently is confusing and unsettling and the decline in morale it induces trickles down from employees to patients.

He adds that the more services a hospital can provide to employees, such as flexible work schedules, employee referral bonuses and free concierge services, the more retention, and positive morale become established in the culture.

Learn More: Read the Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Blog Series and Download the Full Survey Report

To learn more about hiring the best healthcare talent, visit the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey blog series and download the full 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey Report.

About Health eCareers

Healthcare is all about connection, and Health eCareers is the healthcare industry’s career hub for professionals, providers and associations. With a network of more than 1.7 million job seekers, thousands of healthcare employers and more than 100 exclusive association partners, Health eCareers is designed to match qualified healthcare professionals – from physicians to non-clinical staff – with medical providers looking for top talent. But Health eCareers is more than just a place to look for your next job — it’s a resource to help you advance your career at every stage. That’s why Health eCareers also includes industry news and career advice targeted to your healthcare specialty. For employers, Health eCareers offers innovative recruiting tools and services and healthcare hiring data that you won’t find anywhere else. To learn more, visit healthecareers.com, check out our blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.







Webinar: Digital Asset Management (DAM) Customer Survey Findings


Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 30, 2015

Hear from experts at the forefront of digital and media asset management within the digital space.

Date: Thursday April 2, 2015

Time: 12:00-12:30 PM EDT (16:00-16:30 UTC/GMT)

Register here

About the Topic:

RSG conducted an online survey in late 2014 to obtain practitioners’ perspectives on key digital & media asset management software-related themes such as common use cases, tools, vendors, implementation issues, and overall challenges. The final survey results included a cross-section of organizations drawn from a variety of geographies and industries.

In this Digital Asset Management (DAM) Customer Survey Findings webinar, RSG Principal and Managing Partner Theresa Regli will discuss key survey findings, including:


Satisfaction with the technology
The extent of current and future transitions to the cloud
Departments that are leading digital asset management projects
Key organizational challenges
The extent of DAM integrations with other enterprise systems

About:

Real Story Group provides research and advisory services to help customers select and optimize the right digital workplace and marketing technologies. Through highly detailed technical evaluations, Real Story Group helps sort out the complex technology landscape, so that customs can minimize time and effort identifying the best-fit solutions. Real Story Group evaluates Web Content Management, Digital & Media Asset Management, ECM & Cloud File Sharing, Enterprise Collaboration & Social Software, Enterprise Mobile Technology, Portals and Content Integration, and Marketing Automation & Social Technologies.

To retain its independence as an impartial analyst firm, Real Story Group works solely for solutions buyers and never for vendors.







Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica, Shares Survey Results on Effective Treatments for Breathing Problems.

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

Harmonica Techs conducted a survey at a recent annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) where they asked medical professionals if they had “observed spirometry results improve in patients” through any of the listed interventions. Spirometry is the most common pulmonary function test and measures the volume of air inhaled and exhaled and the speed of the exhale to assess how well the lungs work. This simple test is used to diagnose COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other breathing disorders.

Of the 78 healthcare professionals who filled out the survey, 59 (76%) had observed improved spirometry results after a pulmonary rehabilitation program that included education, exercise, and monitoring. Pulmonary rehabilitation is the primary professional activity of most of the attendees and is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.

Almost two-thirds of the respondents (51 people or 65%) had witnessed improved spirometry results after exercise. Patients with breathing disorders often avoid exercise and muscles around the lungs become weak. Regular exercise improves muscle strength, including the diaphragm and chest muscles, and breathing naturally improves.

Forty respondents (58%) had noted improved spirometry results after patients were shown the proper use of medications. An astonishing 93% of inhaler users demonstrated improper inhaler technique in a recent study. Proper use of medications improves breathing and saves money.

Over half of the respondents (51%) observed improved spirometry results after patients learned abdominal and pursed lip breathing. Poor breathing habits become ingrained, and learning new techniques is surprisingly effective.

Over one-third of the respondents (36%) saw improved spirometry results after anxiety relief and stress reduction therapy, while 23% had seen improved spirometry results after percussive therapy, and 14% had seen an improvement in spirometry results after playing wind instruments.

Only 7% of the healthcare professionals had never seen any improvement in patients’ spirometry.

“These results are supportive of our own study’s results,” said Mary Lou Keller, MS, Vice President of Harmonica Techs. “All nine patients improved their pulmonary function after the following program: eight weeks of educational information sessions on proper breathing techniques and the use of their medications; a brief exercise program using stretching, hand weights and chair exercises; medication adjustments, where appropriate; and use of our novel harmonic device, the Pulmonica® Pulmonary Harmonica.” Learn more at http://www.pulmonica.com/Research.htm.

For more information on complementary treatments for breathing disorders, see the recent article, Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica®, Unveil New Findings on Complementary Treatments for Asthma at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12406686.htm

About the Pulmonica:

The Pulmonica is a specially constructed and tuned Pulmonary Harmonica that produces deep, resonant, meditative sounds that can be felt vibrating in the lungs and sinuses. No musical talent is needed to use it – just taking long, slow, deep, complete breaths through the Pulmonica always sounds soothing. The Pulmonica is handcrafted for Harmonica Techs by Seydel, the world’s oldest harmonica manufacturer. Find more information at http://www.pulmonica.com and at the Pulmonica page on Amazon.com. The Kellers are available to speak to groups about harmonicas in health care and the Pulmonica. They may be contacted through their website, http://www.Pulmonica.com, or by calling 888-382-9283.







Tellwut Online Survey Finds Only 32% Feel Eating Organically Grown Food Is Important


(PRWEB) October 29, 2014

With a rise in retail shelf space going to organically grown foods over the last few years, Tellwut’s online market research arm posed a number of questions to its Tellwutter community surrounding the importance of organic produce, along with the whys and why not’s. This online survey produced a number of interesting observations including the result that only 32% feel that organically grown food is an important factor when purchasing produce and with decided voters returning a split decision as to whether or not organic is healthier.

Organically farmed goods are produced in a way that adheres with the organic guidelines of various governments as well as international organizations. In basic terms an organically grown good is food that is produced in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, without the use of chemical and or artificial pesticides. The organic food movement is a growing global trend, however the Tellwut survey found that while 32% felt it was important, 51% did not consider it to be a factor and 17% were undecided in regards to their organic consumption habits. An overwhelming 89% of members found organic foods to be too expensive, though prices do vary based on the item, location and season. On average organic goods appear to be 42% more expensive than their conventionally grown counterparts according to http://www.organic.com.

When asked the main reason for choosing to purchase organically grown food, 51% of members choose to do so because it is pesticide free which means that it is grown without the help of artificial pesticides, however it should be noted that organically grown produce still use pesticides, they are just considered ‘organic pesticides’ meaning that they are derived from natural sources. 28% of members also chose organic to support local farmers, while 17 percent felt it tasted better. Many members also referenced that organic was not genetically modified (GMO), an important factor to them.

Is organically grown food more nutritious than conventionally grown food? 33% of panel members did not agree, 34 % of panel members did agree, while the other 33% were unsure. There are hundreds of studies comparing the nutrient levels of organic vs. conventionally farmed goods, but according to a report produced by the Food Marketing Institute the USDA has found that organically grown food is not safer or more nutritional than its conventionally farmed equivalent, they only state that it is different in how it is grown, handled and processed.

61% of panel members felt that some produce is better to purchase organic than other produce. An article by Dan Shapley posted by Good Housekeeping magazine suggests that it is best to spend your money on organic fruits and vegetables which are thin skinned and have edible exteriors such as apples, tomatoes or grapes, versus produce like avocados which have outer layers. Interestingly 51% washed their fruits and vegetable in under 10 seconds, while 26% rinsed between 10 and 30 seconds and only 15% gave produce more than a 30 second rinse.

As one Tellwutter put it, “Organic is just another label to sell something at a higher price, while the jury is out on health benefits.” With sentiment like this it is not surprising that this online market research study found that the minority of 32% of panel members consider eating organic to be an important part of their diet and of those purchasing organic only 35% purchased more organic food this year when compared with last year, while 15% purchased less and 50% purchased the same.

About Tellwut®.

Tellwut is a North American online community of individuals dedicated to expressing their opinions through online surveys based upon a wide variety of topics in exchange for rewards and the Tellwut community experience. The Tellwut community and proprietary survey and reward software application provide a platform for organizations to send surveys to their stakeholders or to crowdsource and conduct online market research through the use of the Tellwut survey platform and the Tellwut Community; thus allowing businesses a clearer understanding and insight into their products or services, customer attitudes and potential business opportunities.







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