Are you a home care agency struggling to find the right caregivers to provide top-notch services to your clients? The challenges of caregiver recruitment can be daunting.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to recruit the best caregiver for your agency following proven strategies.
Applying the process outlined in this guide will ensure that your caregiver recruiting process attracts the best candidates who will only enhance your business.
The rise of millennials and Gen Z has been well-documented in recent years. With that rise came a trend most companies were not prepared to handle—the Great Resignation.
The Great Resignation is the mass exodus of talented and promising young professionals from organizations that do not meet their needs regarding reward, flexibility, career path, and community connections.
Companies that want to hire the best and brightest people face a big problem because so many talented people are leaving. This has had a significant impact on caregiver recruitment.
Amid this unprecedented workforce transformation, even the healthcare sector has not been immune. Here are the key points to consider:
There are now more job opportunities than individuals are willing to fill them.
A record number of healthcare professionals have left their jobs since the pandemic began, creating a substantial shortage of caregivers.
Companies in the healthcare sector are now faced with the daunting task of identifying and recruiting new caregivers.
The statistics paint a striking picture:
One in five healthcare workers has quit their jobs since the beginning of the pandemic.
47% of current healthcare workers are considering leaving their jobs in the near future.
In 2021, it was estimated that there would be a healthcare worker shortage of 1.1 million.
The global pandemic allowed workers to rethink their careers, work-life balance, and working conditions. A deep dissatisfaction with each of these elements developed, and this led to many abandoning their jobs in search of alternatives that provided a more fulfilling lifestyle.
According to a recent survey of 26,000 employees completed by Joblist, the factors listed as contributing to the dissatisfaction of employees include:
19% complained about how employers treat them in the workplace.
17% complained about low pay or the lack of benefits.
13% were fed up with the lack of work-life balance.
Unfortunately, these trends are not letting up anytime soon, and this has caused a panic within the home care industry to find ways to compensate for the loss of caregivers and to find better caregiver recruitment strategies to incorporate into the weekly business schedule.
The Great Resignation not only affected the home care industry but other industries as well. The fast food and retail industries have been badly hit, to the point where Target, Walmart, and Amazon had to use innovative recruiting strategies to entice workers to come on board.
Enough of the doom and gloom. If these companies can reinvent the recruitment wheel to hire quality workers, so can you.
Keep in mind that to have a successful recruitment strategy, your agency has to look at every recruiting process to see which ones work in the agency’s favor and which ones need to be fine-tuned.
To make your recruitment process easier, you need to optimize your company’s website and showcase your agency’s work culture.
You might be thinking, “Why do I need to showcase my agency’s culture on my website?”
It’s important to do so because 61% of job seekers log on to a company’s website before they decide to apply for positions within the company.
The aim here is to get a glimpse of what it would be like to work for the company. Potential candidates browse your website to understand your company culture, company structure, and any information you might have on hiring caregivers and retaining your employees.
Websites were previously only created as a means to attract customers, but things have changed dramatically. Businesses are now using their websites to attract qualified employees.
To ensure your website meets a high standard and can attract the talent you are looking for, you need to:
The old ways of job searching are archaic, with newspapers, magazines, and green sheets attracting less and less attention following the growth of the internet over the years. Today, over 30% of job applicants use their mobile phones to search for jobs. This means you have to make your website mobile-friendly and optimize it so that it is easier to read and navigate content on mobile devices.
Another reason to optimize your website for mobiles is that Google ranks websites that are mobile-friendly higher when a user performs a search on Google.
A few years ago, Google made it a point to penalize websites that didn’t optimize their websites for mobiles. Google wants users to have a good user experience and achieve what they are looking for when searching on their platform.
A healthy company culture is infectious. Your clients and employees share a pleasant experience with your agency, and they spread the word to their friends and family.
An agency with a strong company culture is not only noticed for the work they do but also for how they do it. To capitalize on this, you should display your company culture on your website so that potential candidates can get a feel for what it’s like to work for your agency. This can make the caregiver recruitment process way easier.
With so many similar agencies competing for the same pool of staff and clientele, showing the human side of your brand can make you stand apart, which is a great tip for attracting caregivers.
But you don’t have that much time to make an impression on your website visitors. You have less than a minute to make a positive impression on a new visitor to your website. At this point, you have to communicate with the user who you are as a company, a brand, and a team.
This starts with your core values as a home care agency, your values, vision, and mission, and how these are represented daily in your agency. If done right, potential candidates should be able to feel a strong connection with your agency before even meeting with you.
To display your agency's culture, make your "about us" page stand out. Instead of just staff photos, use videos featuring team members sharing their bios, interests, and why they love your company. This adds personality to your website and boosts caregiver recruitment.
Your website can also include a tour of the office, videos of your caregivers undertaking training, close-ups of clients, footage of company happy hour events, and recent community events that the agency has attended.
Use this video from Zendesk as an example of how to create a video that showcases your agency’s company culture.
Making your website full of personality helps you stand out from the corporate crowd and will allow you to attract like-minded talent that aligns with your company values.
Creating a career page can be an advantage for your company because many home care agencies lack a career page on their website. And even if they do have one, it is usually barely visible and often lacks the information needed to attract quality employees.
For starters, you need to make your career page easy to find. You can add an employee tab to your top headers and include a drop-down to the career page. The career page should have the following elements:
You need a headline that can easily grab the reader's attention. The headline should speak to the company culture. For example, Airbnb’s career page gives you an inspiring insight into their core values. They describe the kind of employee they are looking for while inviting you to apply to join them.
An example of an effective headline is, “Come join our team. While other companies have “perks,” we have "the ABC home care experience.”
“Home Instead” does a good job with its header by appealing directly to the applicant.
The sales pitch needs to answer basic questions about the agency. What do employees love about the agency? What is the company culture? What kind of caregiver training is provided? What differentiates your agency from others?
Depending on what you offer, examples can include:
An annual bonus for outstanding employees
Flexible work hours
Extended parental leave
Company sponsored events
Paid volunteered days
Employee recognition program
Monthly happy hour events
Here is an example from Firstlight Home Care.
The length of your job description can impact the recruitment process. Make sure your job description isn’t long-form, which has the potential to turn off job applicants.
It should be short but detailed enough to grab the attention of the caregiver. You want to make it as easy as possible for the caregiver to apply. Include a call-to-action button that leads them to the online application or a link to upload their resume.
Download the free job description template.
Caregivers would like to hear from other caregivers what they like about working with your home care agency. These video and text testimonials should be about:
How they feel about the agency
How they’ve grown with the agency
What they like about working with the agency.
This is no different from the customer testimonials you put on your website. Just as your clients want social proof, so do your caregivers.
The Talent Board North American Candidate Experience Research Report (below) shows the type of marketing content candidates prefer. Information on the company culture is very important, followed by answers to why people want to work and stay there, and employee testimonials.
Caregivers are more likely to apply to agencies that have an application process on their website compared to those agencies that require caregivers to contact them.
There should be a call-to-action button on your website that guides users through the application process. Include an option to have an upload button for the caregiver to easily upload their resume.
If your website is cumbersome, it will deter caregivers from completing the application process, resulting in a high application abandonment rate.
Include an auto-responder that informs the caregiver that you have received their application and will get back to them within a certain amount of time.
You can also use this opportunity to reinforce your company culture in the automated response by including more information about your company, such as press releases, testimonials, and/or company perks.
When it comes to the hiring process, many agencies use a one-size-fits-all technique in screening their applicants. For example, many of the job posting websites provide tools like skills tests, which can be a deterrent to caregivers.
Agencies also have job descriptions that are too long and unnecessary, some requiring Alzheimer’s and dementia training and CPR training the agency can help provide these by using training platforms like Quireapp.
The first contact a caregiver usually has with your agency is through your job postings. For your job post to draw attention, it must have the following elements:
Photos and videos
Simple, but effective, job description
Pay, perks, and benefits
Here are some tips to help you write eye-catching job posts that are great for attracting caregivers and improving your caregiver recruitment process.
Start with a header that grabs the applicant’s attention; this should include any pertinent information you want the user to know.
Know your audience. The tone of the post should be one with which the caregiver is comfortable.
Openly address the benefits that your company offers. Highlight your competitive advantages.
Display awards your company has won. Everybody loves a winner!
Include employee and client testimonials. The client testimonials give the caregiver an insight into the kind of agency to which they are applying.
Include pictures of company events. If you have pictures from happy hour events or team-building events, include them in the job post.
Don’t write up a storm – keep it simple and to the point. You have less than a minute to grab their attention: use it wisely by only providing necessary information.
Agencies lose out on potential talent because they are evaluating the wrong things, especially in this tight job market. The key is to find caregivers who match the company’s culture and are compassionate, reliable, and competent to care for your clients. Doing this requires you to remove the hurdles that can prevent quality caregivers from applying. To achieve this:
Use smart, innovative caregiver hiring methods that get you the best candidates in half the time.
Include fields essential to the role you’re interviewing for. Remove fluff from applications as this ensures the applicant follows through to the end.
Providing this transparency for the applicant helps them determine if they want to go through the whole process. It also reduces the cluster of incomplete applications that you might end up with in your database. Home Depot’s application process takes less than ten minutes to complete.
This is crucial because it provides insight into the applicant's suitability for your company's culture. It's essential to avoid investing time in someone who may not be the right fit for the job.
Furthermore, effective communication with the applicant serves another vital purpose: it builds a connection before the interview. This connection increases the likelihood of the applicant attending the interview.
Once the interview is scheduled, make a same-day call and engage in a friendly, informal conversation. Take the opportunity to learn more about them by asking questions and letting your personality shine through. Allow them to get to know you as well so that when they arrive for the interview, it feels like you've already established a rapport.
Employees thrive when they feel like valued team members. Friendly and approachable communication, rather than a formal employer-employee dynamic, fosters excitement about working for your company.
One of the biggest issues affecting hiring caregivers in the workforce is no-shows. According to USAtoday.com, 20-50% of scheduled interviews are no-shows. An interview no-show is a time waster. It slows down your productivity, taking you away from other important activities. Methods for reducing no-shows include the following:
Offer Flexible Interview Scheduling: Include a self-schedule interview on your website that helps the applicant schedule their best available time. Calendly.com has a free tool you can embed on your website for applicants to use.
Set up a Short Interview Window: The interview should be undertaken within 1-3 days. You are competing with other home care agencies to hire caregivers. In this case, the early bird gets the worm. Just like a hot qualifying client lead can cool down in a few days, the same thing happens to job application leads.
Have Flexible Interview Times: Instead of the typical 9-5, increase your interview window to include evenings when the candidate might have more time.
Send a Text Reminder: Send reminders two days before the interview and follow up with a call the day before the interview. On the day of the interview, send out an automated reminder, giving them the directions and the name of the interviewer, including the number to call if they have any questions.
Communicate with Them After Applying: This helps to build a relationship with them before the interview. Keep it light and friendly.
Make the Interview More Appealing: You could set the appointments closer to lunchtime and have a pizza lunch delivered for the applicants. Or if it’s the morning, coffee and donuts.
Get Feedback From No-Shows: Find out why they didn’t show up and what you could do better as an agency to reduce no-shows. There could be several reasons for no-shows. For example, it could be that your communication process with them was poor or non-existent before the interview.
Choosing the right recruitment sources for finding caregivers can be challenging. Let’s take a closer look at the two most important caregiver recruitment sources.
One of the most effective ways to get quality caregivers is through your employees. Just like a referral from a client, a referral from an employee is appealing to the candidate because they are being referred by someone they know and most likely trust.
Hiring caregivers referred by employees increases employee retention. The newly hired caregivers often match the company culture better than those who are hired through other recruitment sources.
Another good reason for creating an employee referral program is that your employees know exactly what you are looking for and can match you up with the right people. They bring on board people with similar attributes to them that embody the company culture.
To create an employee referral program such that it becomes part of your company’s culture, do the following:
Employers use the onboarding process to educate their employees on the expectations of the agency. One of those expectations can include employee referrals.
This shows the caregiver the level of importance you place on receiving referrals. The bonus they get from referring caregivers to the agency can be a motivator for them to work with the agency.
Employees interested in referring people they know to the agency might have a problem bringing up the topic and discussing the benefits of working with your agency.
Coaching the caregivers on what to say to their friends and family gets them prepared and makes it easier for them to have a conversation, which – in turn – leads to employee referrals.
Inform your staff about a company “meet and greet,” and have them bring a candidate to the company event. Book a location with free food and drinks for your guests and use the opportunity to get to know the potential caregivers.
To motivate employees to refer candidates, simplify the process. Request minimal candidate info and offer templates. Consider using referral apps for ease.
Happy employees are productive employees. One of the best ways to motivate them to reach out to potential caregivers is to incentivize them.
You can keep your employees motivated by recognizing them in company meetings, on the website, and through email. Giving the caregiver a moment to bask in their accomplishment makes the caregiver feel special, and it can motivate others to do the same.
Cash is a powerful motivator to reward your caregivers for referring an employee. The amount should be high enough to generate interest from the group in referring caregivers.
You don't always have to offer a cash incentive. It might be fun for the team to have different referral payment options.
You can involve the whole team in brainstorming some ideas. This could make it a fun exercise and can get them excited about being an advocate for the agency. Some ideas include a paid getaway or tickets to a game or concert. Different things will appeal to different employees.
When you receive the referral and the caregiver becomes an employee of the company, the reward is paid out after the new employee has been with the company for three months, ensuring that it is a solid referral.
This is good for the agency but can be a downer for the caregiver who referred the employee because it takes months to reap the rewards of the referral. To keep them motivated, reward the intent by giving them a gift certificate to Target, Starbucks, or somewhere suitable for them.
Gamifying the employee referral process can make it fun for the employees. You can either list the employee names on the board and tally the referrals from each person, or you can group the caregivers into teams, for example, by location.
Crescent Home Health, located in Houston, created teams in the areas where the caregivers worked: Sugarland, Houston, The Woodlands, and Richmond, Texas.
Internet job sites are of great benefit to caregiver recruitment. The most common way agencies recruit caregivers is through internet lead sites like indeed.com, ziprecruiter.com, and mycnajobs.com.
They all have the same goal of providing agencies with candidates, but they each offer something different. Each job site has its strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take a look at a few popular sites.
If you are low on funds, Craigslist is a good resource for finding local candidates without breaking the bank. Job posting costs range from $25 to $75 depending on the city.
The bad news is that while it is saving you money, your job post will attract candidates who don’t fit the hiring criteria. You will have to spend time filtering through the leads to find the most qualified candidates.
Considered one of the largest job search engine networks, SimplyHired has both a free and paid posting service.
Simplyhired works by posting to 5,000 sites, including social networks, blogs, and even job posting sites like Indeed. This gives your post maximum visibility to potential hires. The downside to using this website is that it doesn’t have a searchable database, like some of the others.
Similar to SimplyHired, ZipRecruiter can post to top sites like Indeed, Craigslist, and Monster. It also posts to social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. That’s where the similarities end between the two sites.
Unlike SimplyHired, ZipRecruiter allows employers to search resumes. With the paid version, you can receive up to 1,000 candidates a month.
It also offers agencies hosting for their job pages, complete with application templates, customizable questionnaires, and personalized email responses to candidates. ZipRecruiter offers a free 4-day trial, and pricing starts at $249 a month.
The “Google” of job searching sites- Indeed has over 100 million unique visitors per month. Employers can post job openings for free and get a good return on their posts, making it popular for many agency startups.
Indeed has a robust and accurate search engine that yields qualified candidates by aggregating the data the user enters into it.
It also offers a pay-per-click service that posts your job opening to 25,000 sites. You are only charged when a candidate clicks on the job post. Similar to ZipRecruiter, you can search their database of resumes for potential talent.
Other popular job sites caregivers visit include:
The advantage of using these sites is that the acquisition costs are low and the volume of employee leads is high. But unlike employee referrals that are closer to company culture and higher in employee quality, internet site leads can be lower in quality.
Caregiver recruitment is expensive. On average, agencies spend over $1,000 per hire. The problem is that 80% of these new hires will be gone before 90 days.
This highlights the importance of getting the hiring right from the beginning. To do this scientifically, we will need to use recruitment KPIs to measure the effectiveness of your hiring practices.
For those starting, you might want to track which recruitment sources give you the best bang for your buck. Or you might want to track how many applications you get every month or how many caregivers you retain for longer than 90 days.
Ultimately, you will want to track how many caregivers come on board each month, what keeps them around, and what makes them quit within a certain period.
In the previous section, we talked about simplifying the application process for the caregiver to reduce application incompletion rates. If the applicants are filling out the application on your website, you should track how long it takes them to complete it.
You don’t want it to be more than 8-10 minutes. You should also track how many applicants abandoned the process and at what point of the application they abandoned the process. Doing this allows you to tweak the application to increase the completion rate.
To find the number of abandoned applications, take the total number of submitted applications and divide it by the number of candidates who started the application process.
Recruiting costs can easily get out of hand if you aren’t tracking which of the different sources are most effective, whether it’s Indeed, ZipRecruiter, employee referrals, or job fairs.
Take a look at the number of highly qualified caregivers coming from each source every 90 days. The highest rate of attrition is within the first 90 days. If the caregiver lasts more than 90 days, you have a better chance of keeping them.
Calculate how many caregivers have remained every quarter and from which source. This gives you a better idea of which source you should focus more on.
This is the period from the time the caregiver accesses the job post to the interview process and when they are formally employed. This metric is important because agencies lose out on qualified caregivers when the time to get hired is too long or cumbersome. Know your number and try to stay within that limit each quarter.
Cost per hire is the amount spent on recruiting one caregiver. Let’s say you hire 200 people a year, which comes up to around 16 caregivers a month, and you spend an average of $1,500 per hire. The total caregiver recruitment cost for the year is $300,000.
This metric is important because it evaluates the cost-effectiveness of an agency’s hiring process. By tracking your cost per hire, you will be able to gain insight into what works and what doesn’t. The goal of this is to ensure you achieve better-hiring results without wasting your profits.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, which has issued a national standard for calculating cost-per-hire, you have to add up both HBR's external and internal costs and divide that additive value by the number of hires in a certain time frame.
External costs are:
Advertising and marketing costs (job boards, social media ad campaigns)
Recruitment event costs (job fairs, campus recruiting)
Internal costs are:
Recruitment employee salaries
Hiring manager salaries
Social media manager salaries
To determine your hiring costs accurately, you must also include those responsible for creating job posts, conducting interviews, and providing training.
In general, not every interviewed caregiver will accept the position. However, a low offer acceptance rate (OAR) could indicate a problem in the hiring process. Therefore, tracking this recruiting metric is essential. To calculate the OAR, divide the number of accepted offers by the total number of offers extended.
The likelihood of a caregiver accepting a position largely depends on whether they felt the hiring process was a good experience. If they don’t feel it was, there is a good chance they won’t accept the offer.
To gain some insight into how they feel about the hiring process, send them a candidate satisfaction survey. [download a copy here]
Ask the candidates for feedback on the hiring experience with the idea of identifying patterns and drawing conclusions. Although you can send this at any time during the caregiver hiring process, the best time would be right after the interview because this will give you insight into their likelihood of accepting the position.
According to the Home Care Benchmarking Study, the turnover rate in the home care industry stands at 66%. This implies that out of 100 caregivers hired, 66 won't remain with the agency beyond the first year.
To calculate the financial impact, multiply the 66 departing caregivers by the cost of replacing each one, which is $2,600. This means caregiver turnover has incurred a cost of $171,600 for the agency.
You can use this figure as a benchmark for your agency, aiming to improve the first-year turnover rate gradually. To calculate your agency's turnover rate, divide the number of caregivers terminated during a specific period by the number of caregivers at the start of that period.
Have you interviewed a candidate and felt over the moon about hiring them, only to find out that they quickly turned out not to be as advertised? No surprise here: it's part of the caregiver recruitment process. The way to minimize these occurrences is by getting the most from the interview process.
We will look at four tips that can help you get the most from the interview process while weeding out those that might not fit what you are looking for in a caregiver.
Finding caregivers that fit what your company stands for cannot be understated. Employees who stand for the same values, vision, and mission statement as your agency are known to be happier employees, and last longer with the agency.
When writing the job post to hire caregivers, make it a central point to describe what you are looking for in terms of company values. This is the first step in getting those that match the vision to apply.
During the interview process, you should follow these tips to find candidates that match your company values:
Start by giving them your why. Tell them the story of how your agency came about and what motivated you to start the company. Explain the values that shape the vision of the agency and see how they react to this information.
Once you have provided them with the core values and goals of the agency, ask them which of those values they think they embody and ask them to give examples of how those core values shape their lives.
Ask the interviewees how these values will help them to become great caregivers and how they plan to apply these values in their daily work.
As the adage goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. Having one or two trusted staff members assist you in making the hiring decision is enough to help you during the recruitment cycle.
Asking these questions will help you determine if they match the core values of the agency. If the agency's core values are empathy, compassion, and professionalism, look for evidence of these values during the interview. Here are some questions you can ask about their past experiences:
What made you apply for this position?
Why did you leave your last job?
How would your former supervisors describe you?
What will keep you at a job for the long term?
What qualities do you have that make you a good candidate for this position?
Past behaviors are a good indicator of future behaviors. Dig in to find out how they would handle certain situations. This can give you insight into who the person is. Here are some questions you can ask:
How do you handle a lack of motivation for going to work?
If you had to get a caregiver for a family member, describe the kind of caregiver you want. Are these qualities you possess?
Can you candidly explain a time when you were reprimanded by your former employees and how you handled it?
If a client is being exceptionally difficult, how would you handle it?
If you aren’t happy with the agency, what do you do?
What would you do if your client refuses to take their medication?
These questions focus on the caregiver's mindset, work ethic, and personality and help you envision their role in the agency. You want to ensure that you are hiring caregivers with the mental fortitude and temperament to care for your clients.
Think back to your first day of school – you felt nervous, skeptical, and stressed. This is how your new caregiver feels when starting with your company. It's challenging for them to acclimate to the office staff, clients, and managers.
There may be a slight difference in how they were treated when initially recruited compared to a few weeks later.
Understanding what caregivers go through in the first 90 days can help you retain them for longer. Unlike many jobs with regular coworker interactions, caregivers often lack daily engagement, potentially leading to a disconnect between the caregiver and the home care agency, which can result in job dissatisfaction.
These are ways you can make the caregiver’s first 90 days successful. Before they start:
Send them a note sharing how excited you and the rest of the team are to have them on board. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your warm company culture.
During orientation, ensure they understand their responsibilities when it comes to reading care plans, what to do in case of an emergency, and their hours and pay. Allow the caregiver to ask questions and provide suggestions that can help them succeed in your agency. It is important going forward that there aren't any misunderstandings on both sides.
Set them up with regular caregiver training sessions that test their knowledge of the study material. Give the caregiver a designated person they can speak to if they have any questions about the study materials.
Make a nice presentation of their work gear, including uniforms, badges, and supplies.
Provide the caregiver with a “caregiver mentor,” a senior caregiver who has had ample experience with your company, someone who is accessible, knowledgeable, and who can help the caregiver get comfortable with the company and the clients.
When you have a client for whom they need to care, review the client's care plan to get a good idea of their needs, and share this information with the caregiver so they can manage expectations.
If the caregiver agrees to take on the new client, take them to the client's home to make a formal introduction. Introduce them to the client and ensure both parties are comfortable with each other, including their respective responsibilities. This demonstrates that you support both the client and the caregiver.
There have been cases where, once the caregiver meets the client, they might not want to take the job. They may not communicate this directly and instead fail to show up. Make them feel at ease by setting expectations during the orientation. "We pride ourselves on matching caregivers with their right-fit clients. Sometimes, we don't quite get it right on the first try. If you don't feel comfortable with the client you are matched with, let me know, and I will be happy to replace you. All I will ask is that you stick it out until a replacement can be found and trained."
Week 1 Assessment:
After the first week, the expectations for the caregiver are:
They should feel comfortable with their responsibilities.
They should have received a call from their caregiver mentor to check on them and see if they had any questions.
They should have received a call from the office manager at the end of the week to document how it was going for the caregiver. The office manager should also check in with the client to make sure they are getting A+ service.
The administrator should take the caregiver on a lunch date to further build the relationship with the new staff member.
After two weeks, the caregiver is comfortable with your agency and their work environment. Set up a questionnaire for them to complete, focusing on the issues you want them to address. The answers to these questions can help you address any onboarding problems that you might not have known existed.
The results of this questionnaire will give you an insight into how they feel about the job. Any issues found through the questionnaire should be immediately addressed.
A quick scheduled call with the caregiver to see how their first month has gone will let them know that the agency cares about their wellbeing. At this point, you are slowly taking off the kid gloves and allowing them to flourish on their own. The calls are just a way to make sure they don’t need anything.
At this point, the caregiver has been fully acclimated to your company culture, and it’s time to evaluate their performance. Two surveys should be sent out, one to the caregiver and one to the client, to evaluate how well the caregiver is doing.
If the caregiver passes with flying colors, make them feel special by recognizing their performance. Caregivers have been known to rate their agency low on the recognition scale. This is your opportunity to make them feel appreciated by taking them and the rest of the staff to lunch and publicly recognizing them for their hard work with a gift card or something of substance.
Going forward, keep up the positive communication with them. Call and text them not only when you need something but also to check on them to see if they need anything.
Ultimately, caregiver recruiters are responsible for matching care seekers with the appropriate caregiver for their needs. To do this, recruiters must not only be able to screen caregivers rigorously but also identify and source potential candidates who fulfill the requirements of their client's care plans.
Through effective screening and interviewing, a good caregiver recruiter can ensure that good caregivers are matched with the right clients.
You must recognize that each caregiver will have his or her expectations regarding the employment opportunities that are available.
Finding out what those specific expectations are will assist you in meeting your caregivers' needs and retaining them for longer. Always remember that it is crucial not only to find the right caregiver quickly but also to keep them as long as possible.
This can save you lots of money, among other things. Finally, employer flexibility is also key to attracting caregivers who are the right fit.
With this guide on how to hire caregivers, you can go about recruiting caregivers quickly and efficiently. Remember that it is important to understand and define the position that you need to fill so that you can describe it effectively in the job advertisement.
You should also be able to analyze and measure the results of your caregiver recruitment campaign so that you can make adjustments to avoid the roadblocks to successful caregiver recruiting.