Diversity in the hiring context can mean many things. As a matter of course, each healthcare organization has different areas of diversity within the current staff. But chances are that the majority of permanent hires will come from similar backgrounds, whether in terms of race, religion, age or physical capabilities. Looking for candidates outside of the norm has several benefits that go beyond conscientious policy. Here are 3 key benefits of recruiting for diversity:
1. Diversity Creates Relationships
Chances are that your patient population represents a wide stratum of people. After all, no group or variety of person is immune to sickness or misfortune. If your staff doesn’t include members of some patient communities, you may have trouble gaining trust. Additionally, every culture has a unique way of seeing the world around them and that includes the way in which they understand the role of medicine. Diversity among the staff ensures that the patient perspective is well understood, in turn making it possible to meet the needs of that patient in a way that makes sense to them. Communication is improved ten-fold, trust is built, and outcomes improve.
2. Diversity Creates Solutions
If your staff comes from similar backgrounds, they’ll have similar ways of looking at problems. That may lead to good communication between them. Unfortunately, this shared perspective will limit the range of solutions as well. “Different backgrounds lead to a variety of ideas, knowledge, and ways of doing things,” according to the Harvard University human resources department. When it comes to healthcare decisions, it is sometimes necessary to step away from what may have worked in the past but fails in current or special circumstances. That’s where a different social or cultural take on things could make all the difference.
3. Diversity Creates Reputation
Over half of millennial candidates make decisions about where to work based on the values of the company, and that’s particularly true in the healthcare field. Because all institutions, thanks to shortages, are facing difficulties finding qualified candidates for areas like Primary Care, competing for the best hire is imperative. Demonstrating a commitment to diversity recruitment will attract more candidates. –And when you do hire? Your mission will add to staff dedication in terms of retention and productivity.
Diversity hiring will help your organization in terms of how you serve your community, how you solve problems, and who you attract. At MASC Medical, we help you determine which unique perspectives may add to your organization and we find the right fit for both your patients and your staff. Get in touch for a consultation today.