Are you ready to map the course for your successors?

t’s no secret – the health care facility management workforce is aging. Roughly 31 percent of professionals in the field have more than 25 years of experience under their belt and are bound for retirement. This leaves big shoes to fill and puts some pressure on health facility leaders to make plans for their replacements.

Succession planning is a hot topic among health care facilities teams who are feeling the heat of promoting new leaders. Looking ahead to 2025, roughly 75 percent of the global workforce will be millennials, and it makes sense to build this go-getting generation into your workforce. Here’s why…

3 Reasons why millennials will thrive as health care facility leaders

  1. They embrace new technology. Millennials are quick to pick up new-generation technology used in health care facilities, but they are also capable of working with older machinery and mechanisms. Millennials place high value on making informed decisions using data collection and seeking new technology that supports themselves and their team. This group of professionals also uses new technology in the workplace for tasks beyond managing health care facility operations. For example, some millennials use technology for collaborative efforts, such as using voice controls during meetings so notes can be taken digitally.   
  2. They strive for efficiency.  Efficiency is embedded in technological advances, and millennials embrace efficient strategies in all aspects of their lives. It is their nature to streamline, cut down on waste and maximize productivity. Essentially, they are great at finding ways to do more with less (sound familiar?). Trusting millennials with energy efficiency projects (such as these) is one way to leverage millennials’ creativity to improve health care facility operations. 
  3. They value integrity and purpose. What could be more important than keeping patients, staff and visitors safe in facilities where some of the most vulnerable people seek help? Millennials thrive on finding meaning in their roles, and the importance of managing health care facilities holds a high value. Another example of a meaningful charge is to reduce hospitals’ environmental footprint (for instance, a millennial may promote participation in ASHE’s Energy to Care program). 
For these reasons (among many others), you can rest assured that the health care facilities you tirelessly care for will be in the capable hands of the next generation.

Now, how can you attract millennials to join the ranks of your team?
Millennials are eager to learn and move their careers forward. Consider encouraging your Gen Y professionals (and others) to try ASHE’s Career Map Self-Assessment Tool, which will help them identify their greatest professional strengths, largest skill gaps and learning needs after completing just a 15-minute quiz. It is free for ASHE members and aims to help health care facility professionals of all positions and levels.

In addition, reference ASHE’s latest succession planning monograph, which explains best practice strategies for preparing your team for the future and helping them develop a path for personal and professional development. 

Finally, the 2019 ASHE Annual Conference in Baltimore, themed “Mapping the Course,” will include sessions to help you throughout your succession planning journey:

  • The New Generation of Leadership: Inspiring Engagement. Learn how to attract and retain millennials working in health care facility management.
  • Young Professionals Forum. Network with and learn from young professionals who are seeking positions on health care facilities teams. 

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