Hospitals pivot to new tactics as they try to recruit, retain staff

The healthcare industry is experiencing unprecedented challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. While staff shortages in healthcare aren’t new, recent challenges exacerbated the issue, with many healthcare professionals feeling burnout or considering early retirement.

As a response, hospitals are adopting innovative strategies to attract and keep their workforce, and this has profound implications for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) sector of the healthcare industry.

Here’s a closer look.


  1. Enhancing Work Environment through Design

Many hospitals are recognizing the importance of a well-designed workspace in improving employee satisfaction. The A/E/C sector plays a pivotal role in creating spaces that promote collaboration, reduce stress, and improve workflows.

Design aspects such as natural lighting, ergonomic furniture, and wellness areas are becoming standard. Additionally, hospitals are looking for design solutions that can easily adapt to future needs or medical advancements.


  1. Offering Flexible Work Options

Telehealth soared during the pandemic, and its continued rise means that many healthcare professionals no longer need to be on-site full-time. Hospitals are rethinking their space requirements and considering hybrid workspaces.

For the A/E/C industry, this means designing spaces that accommodate both in-person and virtual consultations.


  1. Prioritizing Employee Wellness

To combat burnout, hospitals are emphasizing employee well-being. This involves creating more break rooms, relaxation spaces, and even in-house gyms or meditation rooms. These facilities not only attract potential recruits but also keep the current workforce engaged and healthy. The A/E/C sector’s role is to integrate these spaces seamlessly, ensuring they align with the hospital’s overall design and function.


  1. Modular and Scalable Infrastructure

With changing staffing needs, hospitals are exploring modular designs that allow for rapid scalability. For instance, if a hospital suddenly needs more space due to a staffing increase, modular components can be added quickly. The A/E/C industry must be adept at providing these flexible and scalable solutions.


  1. Emphasis on Training and Continued Education

Many hospitals are setting up dedicated training facilities within their premises, emphasizing continuous learning. A dedicated space for training and education can be a significant draw for potential employees.

The A/E/C industry can support this by creating state-of-the-art training rooms or even simulation labs equipped with the latest technology.


  1. Collaboration with Educational Institutions

To ensure a steady stream of qualified professionals, some hospitals are partnering with educational institutions to offer internships, residency programs, and hands-on training. This collaboration often necessitates additional infrastructure, from classrooms to specialized labs. Again, the A/E/C sector is instrumental in bringing these collaborations to life through effective design and construction.



The healthcare staffing challenge is multi-faceted, and while innovative HR policies and benefits are part of the solution, the physical environment in which professionals work plays an equally crucial role. Hospitals are realizing that a well-designed, flexible, and supportive environment is not just a luxury – it’s a necessity.

For those in the Healthcare A/E/C industry, this shift offers opportunities and challenges. As hospitals evolve their tactics to recruit and retain staff, they’ll need partners who understand the importance of space in achieving these goals. With insightful design and construction, the A/E/C sector can significantly contribute to the future success of healthcare institutions. Contact us to learn about opportunities in the industry.