Hiring the right people

Recruiting and hiring administrative and clinical employees for a medical practice is not easy; there are never any guarantees that a person hired for a job will work out in the long term. All too frequently, though, employees in orthopaedic offices who are responsible for hiring staff fail to follow a protocol. Following a protocol reduces the likelihood of a bad hire and improves the likelihood of a good one.

Everyone involved in hiring staff must recognize from the outset that, to recruit staff successfully, the practice must first develop a mission statement and formulate both short-term and long-term strategic plans. Such is the case regardless of the size of the office. Without a mission statement and strategic plans, it is difficult for any business to determine either the positions that need to be filled or specify the qualifications that candidates must have.

On average, the time involved in recruiting, hiring, and training a new staff person is three to four months. This will vary, however, depending on the practice’s location, the position, the salary and benefits, and the economic climate.

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