Minimizing the Skills Gap within your Medical Workforce

January 30th, 2015

Ensuring your employees stay up to date on their medical and technical skills is vital for the competitiveness of your organization. If a skills gap develops between your company and the competition, your overall operational efficiency and eventually your profitability ultimately suffers. Staying on the forefront of medical technology is a must.

Here are a few ideas for minimizing any skills gap at your medical organization.

Implement and Emphasize a Training Program for your Staff

One’s education doesn’t end on graduation day. Continuing education is important for any professional, especially those working in the medical industry. New equipment, medications, and procedures are a regular occurrence in most organizations.

Implement a training plan for your employees and ensure everyone takes part. Consider rewarding those workers who successfully complete a training program. Incentives for training will help your staff maintain a state of the art skills set.

Offer Tuition Reimbursement for College Level Degrees

Your company should also offer a tuition reimbursement program to encourage employees to either acquire a Bachelor’s degree or to even reach further to earn an advanced degree. This extra brainpower helps to ensure your company doesn’t suffer from a skills gap. Additionally, other employees might become inspired when they see their coworkers earning their Masters.

Leverage the Skills of a Temporary Contract Worker

Consider bringing in a talented worker on a temporary basis if a short-term need arises. This could be due to bringing in some new medical equipment that no one at your firm has used, or even the latest in medical informatics software. The temp worker can train your current employees in the new technology, and maybe they’ll even warrant a permanent job offer.

Your local medical staffing agency is a great source for top notch temporary medical workers.

If you are looking for any additional insight for closing the skills gap at your healthcare organization, talk the experts at Pinnacle Workforce. As one of the leading medical staffing agencies in the country, we offer both the industry know-how and the vetted candidates able to make a difference at your firm on their first day. Schedule a meeting with us as soon as possible!

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