Maintaining hospital financial health and patient well-being is a journey for any OR manager. To successfully rightsize labor and align leadership vision, OR leaders need to involve front-line staff. When front-line staff understands how benchmarks are used and what’s counted as productivity, they can help increase productivity and reduce unnecessary work. This approach allows leaders to optimize labor rather than downsize staff.
More than half of hospital expenses are labor. Operating room (OR) leaders can use labor benchmarking to create alignment between leadership vision and labor management to provide positive ROI. Sharon Ulep shares her recommended five-step process with OR Manager Magazine.