Cardiovascular lab careers can be highly stressful and demanding to say the least. Fast paced labs, growing patient demands, new technology and an influx of procedure changes make for a challenging environment. Given these challenges it can be difficult to create a workplace that encourages engagement. In fact, healthcare workers are often disengaged. High expectations and enormous demands overwhelm employees, and barriers and challenges to doing a good job frustrate them. With those realities in mind, you see why it can be so difficult to build an engaged workforce.
However, the good news is that there are ways to combat disengagement. Here are 3 things you can do now to engage employees.
- Promote communication and teamwork – Let employees know that you want to hear from them and that their team members need to hear from them. Encourage them to ask questions, share information, or discuss ways to improve the department or overall lab performance. Scheduling regular staff meanings to remind them about good communication and allow time as an open forum for questions and ideas will go a long way in establishing good communication.
- Examine processes and procedures to improve outcomes – Lab professionals went into healthcare to help people. When processes and procedures take away from patient care many healthcare workers get frustrated. Find time to come together as a team to discuss opportunities for improvement. Allowing employees to have input will keep them engaged.
- Implement ongoing learning opportunities – Employees want to feel competent and up-to-date with the latest technology and procedure changes. An ongoing learning system – such as online training—can help employees improve their knowledge, earn continuing education credits and study for certification exams. In addition to delivering better care this also gives them a way to advance in their careers. Explore available training options here to find one that best meets the need of your lab.
With more engaged employees your lab is sure to reap the benefits of improved morale, reduced turnover and enhanced overall lab performance. To learn more download our FREE Guide to training options now.