What the healthcare workforce wants?
Randstad, a leading company in recruitment based in Netherlands, performs global survey yearly, including respondents from 34 countries to find out global labor market tendencies and motivating factors when it comes to choosing an employer. In 2021, besides the usual global research, „Randstad“, has done a research about a healthcare sector to have a closer look at its peculiarities and to understand better how current situation affects expectations and motivation of healthcare specialists in general.
According to this research, general tendencies remain the same as the prior year – many healthcare specialists continue to work as normal and comparing to people working in other industries, highest rate of employment was among those who worker in healthcare.
As 1 in 3 of healthcare specialists worked longer hours or reduced hours/reduced salary in 2020, it is natural that such factors as attractive salary (60%), as well as work and life balance (57%), was mentioned as the most important factors for all the healthcare specialists in general when it comes to choosing employer. But differently from all other sectors, healthcare specialists mentioned pleasant work atmosphere (56%), job security (55%) and company financial health (48%) as secondly important factors, while globally job security (56%), pleasant work place (55%) and career progression (49%) were mentioned as the second most driving factors when choosing employer.
To dig even deeper, „Randstad“ compared global, health professionals, health associate professionals and personal care workers in health services drivers at work. This is where the biggest differentiation is seen – while healthcare professionals repeats the global pattern by mentioning attractive salary and work&life balance as crucial factors, health associate professionals and personal care workers in health services named pleasant work atmosphere as the number one factor that motivates them to work (50-60%).
Healthcare is an interesting sector – majority of healthcare employees agreed that the least important thing for them is usage of latest technologies. Location was less important for both, healthcare professionals and their associates while diversity and inclusion was mentioned by health associate professionals and personal care workers in health services as the least important driver for choosing employer.
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning, that general tendencies remain the same, but expectations differ depending on the healthcare specialist profile – while all healthcare specialists agreed work&life balance being the most important thing, health care professionals are more oriented into goals and getting paid accordingly. The assisting staff, meanwhile, especially in times of COVID-19, started to value the colleagues even more and working in a pleasant atmosphere is the greatest thing that can motivate you even in hard times.