3 min read
01 Feb

Healthcare HR leaders must have excellent people skills, as they are responsible for creating an environment where everyone can thrive. By fostering strong relationships, healthcare HR leaders can ensure that healthcare teams work together effectively and efficiently, resulting in high-quality care for the patients they serve. 

Here are 10 tips to help build strong relationships: 

1.      Encourage open communication between team members by creating an environment for everyone to share their ideas, opinions, and concerns. This can be done through informal team meetings, setting up dedicated channels of communication such as online forums or discussion boards, or even one-on-one conversations with individual team members. Creating a trusting environment is key to fostering strong relationships and allowing collaborative problem-solving. 

2.      Regularly recognize and celebrate the achievements of team members – both individual successes and collective accomplishments – to show appreciation for the hard work put into projects and tasks. Acknowledging everyone’s efforts will help create an atmosphere of trust, collaboration, and support among team members. 

3.      Establish clear roles and responsibilities for each team member to ensure that everyone understands their contributions as well as the group's overall objectives. This will help avoid confusion and wasted time and effort on unnecessary tasks, allowing teams to focus their energies on achieving goals most efficiently. 

4.      Foster a sense of camaraderie amongst the team by organizing social activities such as lunches or after-work events outside of the office premises to give everyone a chance to get to know each other better on a more personal level. These events can also serve as an opportunity for brainstorming new ideas, generating creative solutions, or celebrating successes together in a relaxed atmosphere away from work-related pressures. 

5.      Lead by example; demonstrate integrity, respectability, and professional behavior at all times, particularly when interacting with other team members to set expectations around how people should treat one another within the organization’s culture. This can be done through words (verbal encouragement), gestures (a pat on the back), or even modeling behavior that you want your colleagues to emulate (praising good work). 

6.      Make sure each team member is given autonomy over their area of expertise so that they can take ownership of their tasks without feeling micromanaged or restricted by someone else’s command; this will motivate them to take initiative and participate actively in decision-making processes while still having access to guidance from higher levels when needed. 

7.      Support collaboration opportunities between different teams within the organization by getting people involved in cross-team initiatives (brainstorming sessions etc.). This exchange of knowledge could potentially lead to innovative solutions that no single person could have come up with alone; plus, it will give members a chance to build networks with professionals outside their teams which could benefit both parties down the road when working on shared projects/tasks together. 

8.      Listen carefully without judgment when handling conflicts between teammates; instead of trying to determine who is wrong/right try focusing on understanding why/how they are conflicting to identify potential underlying issues that need resolution before moving forward. After all - resolving conflicts is key to building strong relationships! 

9.      Utilize regularly scheduled check-ins so everyone has an opportunity to discuss current projects, voice any challenges faced, review progress made towards specific goals, provide feedback & suggestions, stay aligned with common objectives + communicate any changes accordingly. Setting these meeting times & sticking with them helps ensure that all stakeholders are actively engaging during this process. 

10.  Maintain an open-door policy so everyone feels comfortable reaching out if there’s something they need help with / would like advice about – this encourages transparency & cultivates trust throughout the entire organization, not just within teams. 

When it comes to leadership in healthcare human resources, the stakes are high. The role of healthcare HR leader is crucial to the success of any healthcare organization. 

If you want to learn more about how to be a successful healthcare HR leader, be sure to listen to the new ASHHRA Podcast. We’ll be discussing all things related to Healthcare Human Resources Leadership – from developing relationships with clinical and non-clinical teams to managing HR initiatives efficiently, and so much more. 

Tune in and learn how you can create an environment where everyone can thrive!