Healthcare Workers and the Gig Economy: How does it work?
This year more than ever, the gig economy is on a major uptick and only expected to increase. In fact, a new study found that in light of the pandemic, 92% of respondents find now a good time to get involved in the gig economy.
When people think of this industry, they typically think freelance writers, uber drivers, photographer, and other work that involves short-term contracts opposed to full-time positions. Now, as the world adjusts to a “new normal”, the healthcare industry is shifting toward the gig economy mindset.
Locum tenens and telehealth are changing the healthcare workforce. But how does the gig economy work for the healthcare industry and physicians?
The gig economy:
Provides physicians with flexible hours and controlled scheduling
Increases workplace satisfaction and alleviates physician burnout
Offers physicians the ability to expand their patient base and experience cases in new venues
Drives out inefficiencies—like labor costs and staffing models—for the healthcare system and/or hospital
Helps to fill the labor skills gap at understaffed hospitals and gives hospitals a pool of trained professionals to tap into
Not only does the gig economy benefit the physician and the hospital or healthcare system, but it also allows them to continue providing high-quality care and focus on the patient experience. The flexibility and freedom that comes with the gig economy increases physician satisfaction which then translates over an increase in patient satisfaction.