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Retaining a Skilled Healthcare Workforce in Regional Public Hospitals: The Role of Personal and Organisation Based Job Resources

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The retention of health professionals has persistently been an issue in regional areas. Based on the job demands-resources model, this study explores how employee resources and organisation resources influence engagement, wellbeing, and job satisfaction of health professionals (n = 217) in Australian public regional hospitals. Results indicate emotional health was the most important personal resource influencing wellbeing, engagement and job satisfaction. The personality characteristic (level of extraversion) seems to influence job satisfaction but did not show a relationship with wellbeing and engagement. Organisational job resources had a significant influence on wellbeing, engagement and job satisfaction. Of the organisational resources, mentoring and guidance for career progression showed a significant relationship with all three outcomes. Opportunities and facilities for counselling and managing mental fatigue influenced engagement and opportunities, and space for spiritual wellbeing influenced overall wellbeing. The findings link human resource management practices to unique motivators of regional healthcare professionals which in turn are likely to improve engagement, wellbeing, job satisfaction and retention.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Almeida, S., Fernando, M., Munoz, A. & Cartwright, S. (2018). Retaining a Skilled Healthcare Workforce in Regional Public Hospitals: The Role of Personal and Organisation Based Job Resources. 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference

Abstract


  • The retention of health professionals has persistently been an issue in regional areas. Based on the job demands-resources model, this study explores how employee resources and organisation resources influence engagement, wellbeing, and job satisfaction of health professionals (n = 217) in Australian public regional hospitals. Results indicate emotional health was the most important personal resource influencing wellbeing, engagement and job satisfaction. The personality characteristic (level of extraversion) seems to influence job satisfaction but did not show a relationship with wellbeing and engagement. Organisational job resources had a significant influence on wellbeing, engagement and job satisfaction. Of the organisational resources, mentoring and guidance for career progression showed a significant relationship with all three outcomes. Opportunities and facilities for counselling and managing mental fatigue influenced engagement and opportunities, and space for spiritual wellbeing influenced overall wellbeing. The findings link human resource management practices to unique motivators of regional healthcare professionals which in turn are likely to improve engagement, wellbeing, job satisfaction and retention.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Almeida, S., Fernando, M., Munoz, A. & Cartwright, S. (2018). Retaining a Skilled Healthcare Workforce in Regional Public Hospitals: The Role of Personal and Organisation Based Job Resources. 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference