If there’s one thing the healthcare industry experiences, it’s change. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget there is a team of real human beings manning your facility that are affected by these changes. Things like mergers, integrated clinical networks, and the formation of large medical conglomerates all have a real impact on your staff.
Here are a few quick tips for navigating the human side of changes when they come to your Midgeville healthcare facility:
Rule number one: Be as honest and transparent as possible when changes start to make an impact at your healthcare facility. Leaving employees in the dark will only make everyone frustrated, upset, and stressed. If you don’t know all the details of a certain change that’s happening, say that to your staff — they would rather you be honest than evasive.
Put Goals in Place
During potentially turbulent times of change at your facility, staff members need direction and goals more than ever. When your staff has goals to focus on, the changes can take effect while everyone is still focused on their tasks. The goal remains the same the entire time, reminding staff their core missions aren’t changing — it’s only the details around those missions that might be getting a different look.
Maintain Consistency Where You Can
You won’t always be able to keep everything the same — it’s the inherent nature of change. But it’s a good idea to maintain a level of consistency in the areas you can control. That might include different things for different facilities, but it’s an important step to take. If you can keep team structures the same, do it. If your care procedures and regulation guidelines aren’t being affected, don’t change them. Your team members will thank you.
Keep Patients at the Forefront
No matter the type or scale of change at your healthcare facility, always remember to keep patient care at the forefront. Never allow patients to fall through the cracks because of a logistical or business change. When you follow the tips above, keeping patient care as a top priority shouldn’t be difficult.
Are You Ready For Change?
Want to learn more about navigating the inevitable change coming to your medical facility in or around Midgeville? Give BOS Medical a call for help.