Three-in-Four Health Care Employers Report a Bad Hire Affected Their Organization in Last Year, Finds New CareerBuilder Survey

--Nearly Seven-in-Ten Health Care Employers have a Cost-Per-Hire of More Than $1,000--

CHICAGO, December 13, 2010 - As health care organizations prepare their recruitment plans for 2011, avoiding bad hires is likely to factor into their strategies. The demand for health care workers is high, yet time pressures, strained resources and a lack of insight into target talent have been a challenge to employers to find the right people for their open positions. Three-in-four (75 percent) health care organizations report that a bad hire has adversely affected their business in the last year. Poor hires can be costly too, as more than one-in-ten (13 percent) of health care organizations said that one bad hire cost them more than $50,000 in the last year. Nearly one-third (31 percent) said that one bad hire cost them more than $25,000. The nationwide survey was conducted among more than 240 health care employers between August 17 and September 2, 2010.

When asked how a poor hire affected their organization in the last year, health care employers reported the following:

.Lost time to recruit and train another worker - 50 percent .Less productivity - 47 percent .Lost money to recruit and train another worker - 45 percent .Had a negative effect on employee morale - 40 percent

"Health care organizations continue to add jobs month after monh, fueling an even greater need for qualified talent," said Ben Jablow, managing director of, CareerBuilder's health care jobs site.

"Pressure to add the right talent quickly can have unfortunate side effects to the health of the organization. As a result, health care companies are making an effort to help minimize the impact of poor hires and recruit candidates who are the best fit for their specialized positions."


Of health care employers who made a bad hire, 35 percent said they think they made a mistake hiring someone because they needed to fill the job quickly, followed by lack of understanding of where their target talent is

(18 percent) and unsuccessful sourcing techniques (4 percent).


Understanding who target talent is and how they will fit into an organization is increasingly important as hiring costs increase. Sixty-six percent of health care employers have an average cost per hire of more than $1,000, up from 30 percent in 2008. More than one-in-ten (12 percent) estimate their cost-per-hire at more than $10,000.


Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris InteractiveC on behalf of among 247 U.S. health care hiring managers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government); ages 18 and over between August 17 and September 2, 2010 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of U.S. employers , based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 247 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-

6.24  percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies. 


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