CLTC Match Game Article Playing for Keeps Pages 2-6 2010 Version Cropped

American Hospital Association, Health Forum

CLTC Match Game Article Playing for Keeps Pages 2-6 2010 Version Cropped


SNF into IVs and sponge baths seeks RN with similar interestsfor a long term relationship. Who knows, maybe we can be the onefor you. Over the past 10 years, many health care employers have poured out their hearts to me about some of the difficulties they have experienced hiring middle- and upper-level managers. I have recommended that they replace their traditional hiring techniques with some innovative alternatives. As I would explain my method for ensuring compatibility between employer and employee, a comment I have often heard is that my approach is like “matchmaking.” Some employers have even confided that, had my techniques been available to them in their personal lives, it might have saved them considerable heartache, aggravation, time, and money. They were onto something: There are indeed some striking similarities between hooking a beau and hiring a COO. The same tools you would use to make a love connection can help you staff your facility. The first thing to keep in mind is that you can’t find what you want if you don’t know what you’re looking for. All too often, when we hunt for prospective mates, we just dive in and start dating. Only after we’ve gotten seriously involved with someone do we realize what is most important to us in a relationship. One need only look at the divorce rates to prove this point. The same lack of foresight applies to how many people choose their jobs. At interviews, most applicants have a hard time articulating with any degree of accuracy what they really want or need from their jobs and co-workers. An unfortunate result of this lack of self-awareness is a staggering rate of job

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