Globally skilled workforce particularly in healthcare is more concentrated in bigger cities and towns, Australia is no different. In smaller towns and cities people live mostly for lifestyle and family reasons. This effects us as managers and leaders more than anyone in terms of attracting and retaining skilled workforce.
I have tried and applied all the rules in the book :-
1. Better working conditions – higher renumeration/allowances as allowed by the executive team.
2. Better equipment and working environment -we do have refresh cycles to modernise the equipment.
3. Teaching and training and encouraging locals to take up skills.
4. Extended scope – to expand skill set of existing employees.
Leadership and training programs are rolled by management to facilitate learning and growth but not getting the expected results got some answers as to why it is not working. Reference:- Why leadership training fails- and what to do about it. Michael beer et al. HBR.org oct 2016
Challenge still remains, we are still having shortage of much needed skilled staff, love to hear any and all suggestions.