With a little less than three weeks until HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, we’re thinking about the topics in healthcare workforce management that will be on attendees’ radars as they peruse the expo floor (see what we’ll be up to here). What do our healthcare experts here at The WFC Group think will be the hot topics during HIMSS16 and in 2016 in general?
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Labor Law Changes
There are many labor law changes expected to take place in 2016 – changes to minimum wage, overtime rules, and who exactly qualifies as an exempt employee – all important things that can affect how your workforce management system is configured and how you track your employees’ hours to ensure compliance. For example, non-exempt salary employees may also now include administration employees in addition to nurses – how will you track that efficiently? Look for a final decision from the FLSA in the summer of 2016.
Controlling Labor Costs through Scheduling
We anticipate hearing from a lot of healthcare companies who are interested in adding automated scheduling capabilities to their workforce management systems and/or companies who are simply looking to improve their systems. When using Kronos, Workforce Scheduler allows managers to create schedules for their employees that align with demand, while adhering to all company and state-wide policies and working within staff availability. It also allows managers to quickly identify shifts to be filled in the case of an unexpected absence, which is a highly attractive feature to further assist companies in controlling their labor costs.
Analytics – Gaining Traction
Healthcare companies are intrigued by the opportunities available from using analytics to better track labor costs. While analytics can sometimes be a costly workforce management system to implement, the ROI benefits significantly outweigh the upfront cost. Imagine having full visibility into your centralized system – allowing you to look across your hospitals and facilities to see how many people are working, if you have the right employees assigned to the right jobs, or if your staff is over or understaffed for the week. We feel analytics will quickly gain traction in 2016 as a “must implement” option to control labor costs.