You can accomplish in one organized evening what might otherwise take weeks to get done.
Running a home care agency comes with more than its share of headaches. With recruiting caregivers being one of the largest headaches for most agencies, it’s important to identify effective processes that will keep a steady pipeline of caregivers coming in. One way to do this is by regularly holding open house recruiting events.
Why Hold An Open House?
An open house is just what it sounds like—an open time for caregiver applicants to come meet you and your staff to learn about your agency and interview for a job. For you, it’s a very efficient way to interview and hire a large number of caregivers in a short amount of time. You can accomplish in one organized evening what might otherwise take weeks to get done.
Additionally, open houses provide a strong screening process. How many times have you hired a caregiver who seemed great in the interview but performed poorly on the job? Open houses mitigate this problem by giving your staff a chance to interact with them in a casual setting (in addition to your interview with them), making it easier to see what the person is really like.
Planning the Event
Here are some basic steps in planning the event, with tips to make it as effective as possible:
Choose a date and time that will make it easy for people to come. Evenings are typically best to accommodate class and work schedules. While you should hold open houses consistently, their frequency should be determined by your agency’s individual needs. Depending on size, turnover, and other factors, you may want to hold open houses anywhere from once a month to every week.
Choose the venue. Typically, your office is the most convenient venue, but if you anticipate a large turnout or want to use a unique venue as a draw to attract more applicants, you might want to get creative with a community building, restaurant, bowling alley, or other venue.