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Healthcare Recruitment Challenges: The Cost of Making a Bad Hire

For some time, there have been growing challenges in healthcare recruiting. Competition for scarce talent and increased demand for services have made it difficult for organizations to attract and hire sufficient levels of top talent. Despite the fact that, in recent years, the healthcare industry has become the largest US employer, statistics show that the healthcare talent shortage is only growing larger. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2030, there will be fewer physicians than will be needed to provide care for an aging population. In addition, Mercer research has revealed that by 2025, there will be a nationwide shortage of 446,000 home health aides, 95,000 nursing assistants, and 99,000 medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
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Background Screening

Factors that Delay Background Check Turnaround Times and How to Avoid Them

Behind the scenes, the efficiency of the screening process relies on several factors. Background information comes from a variety of sources—databases, courts, employers, and the candidates themselves—and there are plenty of opportunities for delay along the way. 
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Legislation

Marijuana in the Workplace: How It’s Changing the Drug Screening Process

Despite the debates in the headlines and the legalization of some kinds of marijuana use in certain states, federally, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance by the US Controlled Substances Act. However, 33 states have legalized marijuana use for medicinal or recreational purposes, and there is growing support among some for legalizing marijuana in other states. Given this trend, there are important implications for the use of marijuana in the workplace as well as for employment drug screening. 
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Background Screening

What’s the Difference Between Database Court Searches and Actual Court Searches?

Court searches are an effective way to get an accurate picture of an individual’s background as well as any current or pending criminal actions. There are two kinds of court searches: database court searches and actual court searches. Each serves a unique purpose and can provide different kinds of information. First, a definition of each:
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Background Screening

How Far Back Should a Background Search Go?

The industry-wide norm is to conduct a background search for the last seven years. Depending on what is searched, a longer time frame may be both allowable by law and advisable based on the circumstances of the company or position. Deciding what makes the most sense isn’t always clear-cut for employers. On one hand, it’s logical to want a complete picture of a person’s background. On the other hand, depending on the circumstances, an act committed decades ago may not be terribly relevant to their candidacy for hire now.
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Background Screening

How to Compare Background Screening Services and Quotes

Not all background screening companies provide the same products or offer the same value in exchange for quoted services. Whereas some companies offer an online-only interface, other companies act as an advisor and partner, helping clients navigate compliance risks and run a background screening program that works seamlessly alongside other talent management activities.
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Candidate Experience

Healthcare Recruiting Tips: Creating a Positive Candidate Experience

Today, the candidate experience begins long before an interview–and it isn't limited to the interview process. From the first touchpoint an individual has with an organization, candidate experience should be considered, especially since it’s a candidate’s market, employers need to reciprocate a positive impression. The candidate experience comprises every touchpoint an individual has with an organization when considering a job opportunity. It’s not limited to the interview process; in fact, it begins long before the first interview. According to one talent acquisition professional, “Candidate experience starts with a potential candidate’s very first exposure or interaction with a new potential employer. That might be an online job posting, the careers section of a company website, or it might even be a candidate researching target companies to apply to. Every touchpoint is important in shaping a candidate’s perception of an organization.”
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Background Screening

8 Things to Look for in a Background Check Partner

Conducting thorough background checks requires more than searching an online database or making a few reference calls. It requires having a trusted partner and advisor who leverages best-in-class technology to get the full picture of an individual’s history and background. A great background check partner understands the optimal mix of searches and verifications to provide the most complete view of a candidate’s history. For example, whereas some background screening companies might stop at three attempts to verify a candidate’s employment or education, a partner that goes the extra mile won’t stop there, but will make more than three attempts to get you the most complete report possible.
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Hiring

Strategic Workforce Planning 101: How to Plan for Future Hiring Needs

Strategic workforce planning—anticipating future talent needs and crafting a plan of action to align the workforce to those needs—helps an organization grow organically or even through a merger or reorganization. However, it can be challenging to know the correct path to take to plan for the future, and many companies have no plan in place at all. A Mercer survey of senior business executives found that 63 percent said their company did not have a strategy in place to prepare their workforce for the future.
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Hiring

7 Ways to Improve Healthcare Human Capital Management

Human capital management within the healthcare sector is an important factor in helping attract, engage, and retain a highly skilled workforce. Considering the challenges facing healthcare—nurse shortages, changing regulations, and the introduction of new technology—hospitals and health systems can support organizational success through the development and execution of a robust human capital strategy. Doing so doesn’t just support a high-performance workforce; it also leads to an improved patient experience. Research has found that healthcare organizations with exemplary talent management practices achieve 13 percent higher patient satisfaction scores than those without. When employees are engaged and supported on a path that helps them become more effective and skilled in their roles, everyone benefits. Here are seven ways to improve healthcare human capital management.
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7 Factors That May Indicate Your Healthcare Background Check Process Isn’t Compliant

Background check compliance is highly important, in large part because of the penalties organizations can incur for noncompliance. Conducting background checks that aren’t compliant can have a range of neg...

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5 Reasons to Conduct a SSN Trace Report

Since they were first created in 1936, more than 450 million social security numbers (SSNs) have been issued to US citizen...

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Education Verification: How to Identify Diploma Mills on a Resume

It is no secret that education is critically important in a wide range of careers. Some roles require a bachelor’s degree or some kind of vocational certificate, and other careers, such as those in healthc...

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