As per the records in the US Dept. of Labor, the demand for supervisors, managers, and administrators in the healthcare industry has gone up to unexpected levels, and there has been a constant increase in the same, and will hit a new high in the next few years. This condition is mainly due to the increase in number of patients, but the lesser number of staff per patient. The healthcare facilities have increased, and many officials are on the verge of retiring from work. This trend has been ruining the administration, and this has created many employment opportunities also.
There are many other factors that are increasing the healthcare administration opportunities here in the US. Education is one key factor for that. There is not much important that the person must have studied every possible degree to get the job, but there are several vital courses that need to be mastered before a person sets foot in this industry. There are job opportunities for both the clinical and the non-clinical staff here in the healthcare industry. It is very important that a person understands the clinical background even for the management job that he is going to take up in the healthcare department. The unit manager of any hospital must have a clinical background as well as a training in the management industry, and must be good are budgeting, and must have an idea about human resource, and also good at inventory control. But the specialists who are in the healthcare administration will have very little idea about the clinical experience and its importance, but, they would have mastered several laws, policies, and other employment issues.
Most of the healthcare vacancies will want people who are at least bachelors in any business or management courses. There are many advanced officials, who will certainly need a proper MBA degree in the related field, and they must have been in the healthcare field for quite sometime. There are other high positions that will even want people who have done their doctorate in the particular field in healthcare management.
Health informatics is another field that has seen phenomenal growth in the recent years, and it is also a part of the healthcare administration employment. This field deals with the management of the electronic records that are available, and must link it with the hospital system. This is a course that is appended to the other healthcare management degrees, and the individual must be a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
This is the present trend in the US when it comes to healthcare administration employment, and it sure needs people to keep the system going, and there are many healthcare institutions that would help students achieve their goal in this career which is much in need of employees.
Modern technology in the workplace is a vital tool, from mobile phones to Blackberries, but it should not be used to take shortcuts in the workplace. In today’s competitive marketplace, most businesses would not be able to survive without the very latest technology, but sometimes, companies and their staff can take things too far, and it’s important this is never allowed to happen.
There have been a number of cases where the use of modern technology has been a step too far. For example workers who frequently use their mobile phones to send messages at work, and there has also been a case where an employee “texted” his employer to say he would be off sick. Other breaches have involved online social networking websites where employees continue to use Facebook or Myspace during work time. It has even gone as far as MP3 players being used in the office, and cameras on mobile phones causing potential concerns over the invasion of personal rights. There are many cases like this which illustrate how modern technology can be exploited for all the wrong reasons.
On the other side of the coin, a recent employment tribunal decided that employees from an engineering firm, who were sacked by telephone, had been unfairly dismissed. The employees had missed out on wages, holiday pay, pension contributions and redundancy pay. Some of the workers at the firm did not receive the telephone message and when they turned up for work as usual the next day; they were turned away, which the tribunal ruled was completely unacceptable.
The employees affected by the case have now won compensation from their employer and are waiting to hear how much they will receive.
In the case of the employee who sent text messages to his employer to say he would be off work, the employee was sacked by the company and the case went to an employment tribunal. The company said he failed to follow procedures for reporting sickness or absence – but the tribunal decided the employee had been unfairly dismissed, and said a drop of “common sense” should have been applied to sort out the situation.
This case just shows that practices such as text messaging and other forms of modern technology, which are now so commonplace for the large majority of the population, can cause real difficulties in the world of business.
The best approach is to use modern technology to help make your business effective and competitive, but don’t use it to take shortcuts that could cause confusion and misunderstandings. The recent tribunal hearings have made businesses throughout the United Kingdom seek the expertise of employment law trainers to stay on top of the ever changing employment laws. It is a strong warning that all employers need to revisit their company policies and keep modern technologies up to date in contracts and policies. This will ensure there are fewer opportunities for conflict and confusion in the work place.
If if doubt it is always best to seek the assistance and advice from an employment law professional.