JUCM and other medical industry publications have been aware of growing concerns over provider shortages for several years now. While the pandemic has done nothing to improve the prospect of maintaining a steady flow of new clinicians in the coming years, it has increased the risk of urgent care centers losing nonclinical staff leaving their current positions. Presumably some have left healthcare-related jobs, possibly wearied by the stress of being on the frontlines of a pandemic. Remember, though, that former employees who departed recently worked for you for a reason, whether that be love of the work, good benefits, fair compensation, being part of a winning team that helps people…. Not all of those positives can be easily replaced and some who left you for a new gig may be regretting their decisions. When you have an opening that needs filling—probably very quickly—consider reaching out to that superstar who thought the grass might be greener at the primary care office down the road. As reported in The Guardian, a study conducted by Muse found that 72% of workers surveyed had “surprise or regret” that their new jobs were “very different” from their expectation. Almost half (48%) said they would even try to get their old job back. For a reminder of what prospective employees are looking for in an urgent care employer, read Becoming the Employer of Choice for the Emerging Urgent Care Workforce in the JUCM archive.
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