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HR Insights with Ali: 3 Costly HR Errors That Can Hurt Your Practice

Posted on 5/31/2017 by Ali Oromchian, Esq.
When you start your practice, you are focused on a myriad of concerns, from finding and maintaining a patient base to working with insurance companies to creating the right logo and ordering the right equipment. In other words, you have a full plate of issues to address. Unfortunately, one area can go overlooked: human resources. Failing to properly address HR issues can have a devastating impact upon any small business. Here are three HR mistakes which can hurt your practice:

1. Failing to Evaluate Current Employees
Some smaller practices tend to take a more relaxed approach to employee evaluations, only addressing problems as they arise. Giving your employees regular feedback is a stronger approach. Not only does it help you by bringing any issues (or opportunities) to your employees’ attention, but also it is a great opportunity to recognize employees for exemplary work. This can make a big difference when it comes to retaining the highest-performing members of your staff.

2. Not Hiring New Talent Right Away
The hiring process can be a difficult one, especially for smaller practices with a tight-knit workforce. In today’s economy, good workers are in high demand. While you always want to find the best fit for your needs, taking too long to make hiring decisions can lead to losing your opportunity to hire the best new talent.

3. Taking a Lax Approach to Documentation
It is an unfortunate fact that many employers don’t realize the importance of documentation until it’s too late. A number of our clients have come to us with the need to terminate an employee with a spotty performance history, but for whom the employers did not maintain a strong record of these infractions. Maintaining strong documentation of events - especially performance and disciplinary issues - can be crucial when it comes to preventing and addressing labor complaints.

HR for HEALTH can offer advice and assistance in any number of HR-related questions. If you have a question about maintaining documentation (for any purpose), simply open a support ticket titled “documentation” and let us know what you need. Running a practice is tough enough. With HR for HEALTH, you never have to do it on your own.

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