From 0 to 365: Tips for Your First Year at a New Healthcare Organization
// By Andy Gradel //
My father spent practically his entire career working for the same company. With the change of our workforce from a production-driven economy to a service and information-driven model, staying with the same company more than a decade has become more and more rare. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median length of time the average worker had been with his/her current employer, as of January 2014, was a mere 4.6 years.
More than likely, you will be faced with deciding whether to pursue an opportunity at another healthcare provider at some point in the future. That is why it’s important not only to know how to perform at a high level within your current role but also to understand how you can continue to be successful as you transition into a leadership role within a new organization.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be presented with opportunities I couldn’t pass up at two leading healthcare organizations over the past few years, where I’ve made the transition from a team I built over the course of a decade at Cooper University Hospital to two organizations with entirely different structures, needs, and goals. While new challenges and surroundings are always exciting, it’s important to remember that the “honeymoon phase” lasts only so long, so positioning yourself for success before that point is essential to keep the momentum going.
Here are a few strategies I recommend to help you establish credibility and working relationships during this crucial time.
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