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More Ways Millennials Will Make Their Mark on Healthcare

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Here at HealthCareerCenter.com, we’ve posted before about the many ways millennials are shaping the future of the healthcare field. For better or worse, there’s no denying that the tastes and expectations of this new generation will have a huge impact on how we care for tomorrow’s patients.

Now that millennials officially make up the largest segment of the workforce, organizational leaders (including those in HR) find themselves asking an important question: How exactly will millennials wield their influence?

Here are just a few ways, courtesy of Hospitals & Health Networks. When you’re finished reading, visit HealthCareerCenter.com to see more on healthcare workforce trends.

 

Caregivers switching jobs will become more common

Millennials are open to trying new things, and don’t like to stay in one place for too long. They’re much more likely to leave a job for a new opportunity that offers greater career potential, even if they’ve only been at their current job for a few years.

Employees from older generations often view such job-hopping as shortsighted, if not flat-out disloyal. But as many health systems are learning, it’s important not to take millennials’ wanderlust personally. Many of them saw how their parents’ loyalty to employers failed to yield the results they expected. Now that they’re in control, they’re not patiently waiting for someone to give them a promotion—they’re going out and getting it on their own.

 

Hospitals will offer employees more work-life balance

Studies on physician burnout have shown that offering a better work-life balance not only helps hospitals do a better job of retaining talent… it also helps physicians be more engaged when they’re on the clock, and provide higher-quality care.

Of course, improved care quality leads to improved outcomes for patients. And under new hospital performance-measurement models, better outcomes have a direct impact on hospitals’ bottom lines. Health systems across the country are already connecting the dots on their own, and offering more time off for caregivers at all levels. That trend is sure to continue as more hospitals reap the benefits.

 

Feedback and personal incentives will grow in popularity

What do Instagram and little league have to do with the future of healthcare? More than you think. Millennials are used to receiving lots of feedback and rewards for everything they do, whether it comes in the form of “Likes” on social media or trophies for playing a game.

This has made it so millennials crave continuous feedback on their performance, not just from their bosses, but from their peers as well. To satisfy their needs, more progressive health systems have begun integrating instant feedback programs into their organizational structure. Employees who score high on feedback metrics are eligible for bonuses in pay and other incentives.

 

Younger thought leaders will be included in important decisions

Though millennials are beginning to dominate the ranks at hospitals’ lower levels, few are involved in senior-level strategic decisions.

As baby boomers continue to retire, millennials will naturally fill the roles they leave behind. But for many millennials, that’s not soon enough. The most talented ones will seek out new opportunities at organizations where their voices matter, unless their current employers start seeking out their opinions first. Watch for more health systems to involve millennials in the decision-making process earlier, before they lose them for good.

 

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on HHNMag.com. To read the original article, click here.