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The Rx for Employee “Retention Deficit Disorder”

January 11, 2012

By: Carletta Clyatt

Behavioral assessments for employee retention may be a new concept to you, but consider this.  While it is certainly no easy task to find quality health care providers who are willing to apply for work in rural and medically underserved communities, an even greater challenge may arise when it comes to selecting and retaining outstanding employees. Many factors come into play, including compensation, social acclimation to the rural environment, mutual needs and shared expectations.

Another consideration is how compatible the candidate’s work approach and demeanor are with your specific management style, office climate and long-term objectives. One secret to successful hiring and retention lies in learning all you can about your applicant.

But how do you know when a candidate who seems right for the job is really too impatient, uncooperative or inattentive to details?

Is there a way to predetermine whether the person staring at you from the other side of the interview desk will really mesh with your needs and do well in your unique medical environment?

Behavioral assessment tools, like the Omnia Profile, help you quickly identify well-suited candidates. This behavioral assessment compares the traits of potential employees to those of your ideal employee, perhaps someone who has been successful on the job and longstanding. It takes only 15 minutes to complete and renders an in-depth look at job candidates that an interview alone will not provide

The cost of a bad hire is financially devastating, particularly in an industry already beset with dramatically declining dollars and frequent practice closures. The wrong person in the job can also weaken a team’s morale, create dissention and cause disruption quickly.

In order to find serious minded, conscientious, caring, loyal people, you have to know more about your job candidate’s work habits, demeanor and overall expectations. The likelihood of hiring and retaining good employees increases in direct proportion to the ratio of your candidate’s similarity to your needs!

Carletta Clyatt

Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses and behaviors. For more information about employee behavioral assessments, call Carletta at 813-280-3026 or email:

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