It is easier than ever to research staffing agencies and jump from company to company.
In the healthcare staffing world, competing for talent has long been a never-ending race. With employees being recruited constantly and enticed with new opportunities, it is no wonder that candidates often temped to consider your competitors.
Additionally, when you’re recruiting temporary work candidates, many are working with an average of 3-5 different agencies at any given time. This becomes a challenge when you lose qualified candidates due to pay rates, perceived benefits, or other uncontrollable attributes. Compound this with more staffing agencies chasing fewer qualified candidates and you can see why recruitment and retention will only continue to get more competitive.
Ideally, you want your competitors losing their employees to you. So, how do you make your organization so attractive that your current employees stay and new candidates want to join? Here are some tips:
1 COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES
Regular communication with employees helps them feel connected and supported, and of course keeps your temps consistently working. Many temp employees prefer communication by text, while some prefer to connect by phone. Quickly and conveniently communicate job opportunities with your employees and immediately follow up on questions, problems, or issues. Responsive companies make it hard for high-performance employees to want to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
2 GET YOUR NEW EMPLOYEES ONBOARDED FASTER
The quicker you can get your new applicants onboarded, the sooner they can make money for themselves and for your company. One of the biggest barriers that new temp candidates complain about is difficulty in providing all the necessary credentials and documentation to be cleared to start working at a new agency. Make sure that you have a process that makes onboarding as clear, fast, and efficient as possible to make it a positive experience.
3 MAKE IT EASIER FOR EMPLOYEES TO WORK
Temp employees want work flexibility and options, while your company wants to fill open orders as quickly and consistently as possible. The key is to communicate job opportunities to your employees rapidly and get them filled before your competitors do. Reaching your temp employees when and where it is convenient for them is now the norm. Staffing agencies looking for a competitive edge are taking advantage of mobile app scheduling and text communications to provide their temp staff with instant job updates and immediate acceptance of shifts.
4 INVEST IN COMPANY BRANDING
Employer branding strategy plays a major role in recruiting new talent and retaining existing team members. Positive recruiting, on-boarding, and staffing experiences as well as can become cornerstones of your branding strategy, with employees posting their experiences on Facebook and Instagram. In addition, branding your web portals and employee scheduling mobile apps is a great way to increase your visibility and name recognition with current employees, potential employees, and clients. All of which increases familiarity and drives both candidate retention and recruitment as well as increasing your client base.
Take care of your most valuable resource, your people, as they are crucial to your company success and the satisfaction of your clients.