High staffing turnover can be a significant problem for many assisted living facilities. ALFs should evaluate their turnover rates and what they can do to better retain their workforce.
The Effects of Turnover on Workplace Efficiency
Staffing turnover in ALFs can be challenging for managers to cope with. Having vacant positions may entail assigning additional work to staff, which may further add to the stress and demanding nature of working in an ALF. In addition, it can force managers to put relatively new staff members into situations that they’re not entirely ready for. This can create potentially unsafe conditions for residents and could result in claims related to negligence.
Managerial Problems Contributing to Turnover
In some instances, the low pay that is offered for positions in ALFs can be a big factor in turnover rates. People with skills in the medical field can typically obtain better wages in a different setting. In addition, understaffing can create a higher turnover. Understaffing may be the result of a high volume of turnover or an intentional attempt to cut costs.
Taking steps to reduce turnover can help ALFs operate more cost-effectively and provide a better quality of care to their residents. Ultimately, offering competitive salaries and benefits, wellness programs, and promoting a positive company culture will help improve staff retention.