When an organization loses a key member of the management team, it creates a void that can impact care delivery and overall operations in many ways. To avoid passing important duties to others already serving in vital roles, Interim management can ensure very smooth transition while seeking a permanent replacement of team member. Below are some aspects to consider when taking advantage of interim leadership and benefits to your organization.
Evaluating Your Management Needs:
Assessing immediate needs is important when considering bringing in outside leadership. The following are the basic queries to help you identify the needs of your company:
What duties were performed by the person being temporarily replaced?
Do those duties require immediate attention?
Are there projects in motion that need to be completed?
Will this person be responsible for budget, quality or clinical outcomes?
After an analysis of needs, the search for a skilled Interim CEO or Interim Manager can begin. To establish transparent goals and expectations can highly enhance the search for temporary help.
Getting A Smooth Transition and Fresh Perspective:
A common practice created due to losing staff members is to assign tasks to individuals who are already doing important tasks for the company, usually leaving them with very little time to take on these new tasks. Putting a burden on an already busy employee can lead to an unexpected drop in productivity for the current role. Bringing in an experienced executive or clinical manager can keep key processes on track, maintain accurate and consistent operations and help look for a sustainable leader within or outside your organization.
In the constantly changing world of healthcare delivery, Interim Managers can provide a new approach to the “outsider” of the organization’s operations. The Interim Leader can help assess workflows, productivity expectations, and explore areas for quality improvements.
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