You rely on your allied healthcare employees to help you deliver excellent patient care. You can help your staff to do their very best with effective onboarding. A smart, thorough onboarding plan will help your allied workers become assimilated with their team, your facility and the company culture. If your new worker is a travel employee, it’s especially important to bring him or her up to speed quickly. Since travel placement is usually short-term (around 13 weeks), you’ll need your new worker up and running as soon as possible. Here’s what you can do.
Six smart ways to onboard your allied healthcare staff
You can have your new allied staff ready to go in no time. Follow these six steps for effective onboarding:
- Work with a staffing partner. This way, you’ll be placed with an allied healthcare worker who is perfectly matched to the job opening based on his or her skills and experience. It’s much easier to bring a highly qualified new worker up to speed than one who is not a good fit for your open position.
- Be prepared for the new employee’s arrival. Help your new employee to feel instantly like part of the team by preparing for his or her arrival. Have a work station set up and ready to use with all the desk supplies and other items he or she will need. Let your other staff know when the new employee’s first day is so they will be ready to welcome him or her.
- Make time for orientation. Your new allied health employee should be given adequate, undisrupted time to learn everything he or she will need to know about the facility, patient population and job responsibilities. Make sure the time your new employee spends with his or her trainer is uninterrupted by email, phone calls, etc.
- Provide all important paperwork. As part of orientation, provide all the applicable documents your new allied health worker will need. This includes the employee handbook, facility policies and procedures, tax forms, health plan information, roles and responsibilities, etc.
- Make introductions. On your new employee’s first day, introduce him or her to all the team members he or she will interact with on a normal work day. When you make introductions, say the person’s name and give a brief example of when the new employee might expect to work with this person.
- Assign a job mentor. Your new allied healthcare worker will likely have questions that pop up once he or she begins to work. Assign a mentor—someone your new employee can rely on for guidance or advice if he or she runs into issues. And of course, maintain an open door policy if your new staff member needs to check with you about anything.
Your efforts will go a long way
By taking the time up front that your new employee needs to become assimilated, you’ll help guarantee his or her smooth transition into the job role. This will help your new worker achieve and maintain a high level of productivity and will help you deliver great patient care to your customers.
Looking to supplement your healthcare staff?
MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. We place highly skilled nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other allied healthcare staff in travel positions across the country. To work with one of our recruiters for staff supplementation, contact us today.