AHA Clinics’ Right Dose to Streamlining Workforce Management

Jana Dee Reserva

20 March 2020    |   

“To provide the type of healthcare our community deserves.” This is what Australia Health Alliance (AHA) promises to deliver since they opened their first clinic, the AHA Seaford Day and Night Clinic, in 1979. In 2015, they expanded and opened a new clinic, The AHA Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic. Every day, the clinics’ 27 staff and 20 doctors are servicing an average of 400 patients.  Each AHA staff works to make health services easily accessible to individuals and families in their community. They introduced online booking, which can be done 24/7 via mobile phones or tablet devices.  AHA streamlines clinic visits by enabling patients to book consultations online. While using technology is a step in the right direction, AHA needed a way to streamline their admin and workforce management, so they can focus more on delivering their promise.  Tending to payroll and other admin woes A typical day working in AHA clinics varies depending on role, but for Madeleine C., group accountant at AHA Clinic, her workdays are filled with different sorts of paperwork.  “A regular day at AHA involves a lot of data entry, paying invoices, reconciling accounts, generating reports, so having a good system in place is very important for me,” shared Madeleine.  When it comes to financial data, there have to be no grey areas. Madeleine’s day is spent making sure that all information is accurate, but it can be easier said than done when awards come into play.  “The biggest problem is always award interpretation. It would take us hours to gain clarification on one small section, especially for the health support services and nurses awards. It’s very complicated, so payroll was just very stressful,” admitted Madeleine.  Timesheet to payroll processing is one of the ways Tanda has helped AHA. Before using the platform, it takes the team one whole workday to process payroll. When Tanda was integrated into their process, it only took them half a day.  Among other things, Tanda has helped AHA with payroll processing and award interpretation. “We have utilised a lot of features in Tanda, but for me, the payroll integration is a huge one. I love how Tanda automatically feeds the correct pay information into Xero. That’s been a big help for me,” shared Madeleine.  Read more: Payroll Compliance: Solving the Underpayment Crisis Aside from payroll, Tanda has helped simplify other workforce management processes for them. “AHA was looking for something that would streamline our whole process, from rostering, wage tracking, to payroll. Even the management of staff leaves. We found that Tanda was able to offer that for us and we haven’t looked back since,” shared Gemma G., Senior Operations Manager at AHA.  Right now, the staff at AHA use the platform to quickly and accurately do tasks such as clocking in and out, rostering, filing and managing leaves, and payroll.  A tall order calls for a larger workforce and an automated system Running a healthcare facility is such a tall order. Each healthcare employee knows that there are high stakes that come with every patient interaction. It requires expertise, quick decision-making, and empathising with patients and their loved ones. A healthcare facility needs all hands on deck in providing the best quality of care to their patients. And inefficient admin practices or systems can be detrimental to that.  AHA recognised the need for a platform that can simplify complex processes so that they can focus more on their mission–and that is to “lead the way for convenient access to quality healthcare”.  Having a workforce management platform that covers all bases has been proving to be a smart move for AHA, especially now that they’re growing their workforce. “AHA is currently undergoing a large recruitment drive. We are in the very fast-growing area of Adelaide, so we’re currently working hard to recruit doctors,” shared Gemma.    Organisations that provide healthcare services are in a unique and challenging position today because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise that healthcare frontliners need an extra helping hand right now. So we’re offering our platform for free to new sign-ups over the coming months. Sign up today and our Workforce Success team will gladly provide a personal, online walkthrough of our platform to help you get started. 

“To provide the type of healthcare our community deserves.”

This is what Australia Health Alliance (AHA) promises to deliver since they opened their first clinic, the AHA Seaford Day and Night Clinic, in 1979. In 2015, they expanded and opened a new clinic, The AHA Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic. Every day, the clinics’ 27 staff and 20 doctors are servicing an average of 400 patients. 

Each AHA staff works to make health services easily accessible to individuals and families in their community. They introduced online booking, which can be done 24/7 via mobile phones or tablet devices. 

AHA streamlines clinic visits by enabling patients to book consultations online.

While using technology is a step in the right direction, AHA needed a way to streamline their admin and workforce management, so they can focus more on delivering their promise. 

Tending to payroll and other admin woes

A typical day working in AHA clinics varies depending on role, but for Madeleine C., group accountant at AHA Clinic, her workdays are filled with different sorts of paperwork. 

“A regular day at AHA involves a lot of data entry, paying invoices, reconciling accounts, generating reports, so having a good system in place is very important for me,” shared Madeleine. 

When it comes to financial data, there have to be no grey areas. Madeleine’s day is spent making sure that all information is accurate, but it can be easier said than done when awards come into play.  “The biggest problem is always award interpretation. It would take us hours to gain clarification on one small section, especially for the health support services and nurses awards. It’s very complicated, so payroll was just very stressful,” admitted Madeleine. 

Timesheet to payroll processing is one of the ways Tanda has helped AHA. Before using the platform, it takes the team one whole workday to process payroll. When Tanda was integrated into their process, it only took them half a day. 

Among other things, Tanda has helped AHA with payroll processing and award interpretation.

“We have utilised a lot of features in Tanda, but for me, the payroll integration is a huge one. I love how Tanda automatically feeds the correct pay information into Xero. That’s been a big help for me,” shared Madeleine. 

Read more: Payroll Compliance: Solving the Underpayment Crisis

Aside from payroll, Tanda has helped simplify other workforce management processes for them. “AHA was looking for something that would streamline our whole process, from rostering, wage tracking, to payroll. Even the management of staff leaves. We found that Tanda was able to offer that for us and we haven’t looked back since,” shared Gemma G., Senior Operations Manager at AHA. 

Right now, the staff at AHA use the platform to quickly and accurately do tasks such as clocking in and out, rostering, filing and managing leaves, and payroll. 

A tall order calls for a larger workforce and an automated system

Running a healthcare facility is such a tall order. Each healthcare employee knows that there are high stakes that come with every patient interaction. It requires expertise, quick decision-making, and empathising with patients and their loved ones. A healthcare facility needs all hands on deck in providing the best quality of care to their patients. And inefficient admin practices or systems can be detrimental to that. 

AHA recognised the need for a platform that can simplify complex processes so that they can focus more on their mission–and that is to “lead the way for convenient access to quality healthcare”. 

Having a workforce management platform that covers all bases has been proving to be a smart move for AHA, especially now that they’re growing their workforce. “AHA is currently undergoing a large recruitment drive. We are in the very fast-growing area of Adelaide, so we’re currently working hard to recruit doctors,” shared Gemma. 

 

Organisations that provide healthcare services are in a unique and challenging position today because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise that healthcare frontliners need an extra helping hand right now. So we’re offering our platform for free to new sign-ups over the coming months. Sign up today and our Workforce Success team will gladly provide a personal, online walkthrough of our platform to help you get started. 

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Wouldn’t management be so much easier if everyone just did their job? You might feel sometimes like your job description would better match that of a babysitter than a business manager. But the sad fact is, unless you provide your staff with proper leadership; productivity, efficiency, morale, and overall quality of work will suffer. Part of effective management is providing your personnel with feedback when they’ve done something incorrectly, or perhaps just less correctly than you would prefer. Ideally, you want to train your workforce to act as you would in a given situation. This takes time, patience, and consistent positive reinforcement. So how can you communicate to your beautiful and unique snowflakes that they’re not meeting your standards without alienating, offending, or irritating them? Here is a list of best practices that can help you deliver a difficult message in ways that will improve employee attitude, engagement, and performance. 1.      Focus on Positives Even if you’ve been stuck with the worst employee in the world, even if they come into work smelling like a Cypress Hill concert in un-ironed slacks made of organic hemp, you’ve got to find a silver lining. To be clear, this doesn’t mean sugar-coating the negatives. It just means balancing criticism with praise. Build employee confidence first, then present avenues for improvement. The thing to remember about creating a harmonious work environment is it begins and ends with being nice. The simplest gestures can prevent resentment, discontentment, and hurt feelings. Keep your employees happy, and you’ll be a much happier manager. 2.      Objectivity This can be tough. It’s important not to let your emotions get in the way of effective management. Subjectivity can get you into all sorts of trouble: favouritism, nepotism, and a plethora of other –isms worth avoiding. A cool head is needed for command decisions, plus your employees will reflect the attitudes you present to them. Come to work angry, and you’re likely to look out and see an office rife with cantankerousness. 3.      Always Deliver Negative Feedback in Person It’s a busy day, you hear a bad report, and you want to get it handled quickly. So you just shoot of an email with a textual reprimand. A very tempting scenario, but not the best idea. People can read into messages more or less than you intend. If there’s a problem with an employee important enough for you to respond personally, then it’s important enough to respond to it in person. 4.      Time your Feedback Correctly Timing is everything. You have to take the opportune moment. For minor infractions, or something of a sensitive nature (a conflict between employees for example), allow a bit of time to pass so that tempers might cool before addressing the situation. Similarly, don’t call an employee out in front of their peers. Wait for the right moment, when they’re not under scrutiny, to approach. You don’t want to embarrass an employee, and you never know what can get the blood running to someone’s cheeks. 5.      Location, Location, Location Along the same lines as timing, the location of a performance review can have a great impact on how receptive an employee might be to your suggestions. Go to an empty conference room, any neutral ground will do. 6.      Pay Attention to How You’re Being Perceived This means watching your phrasing and body language. Present problems in a sympathetic light, and avoid negative syntax: “I don’t think… You shouldn’t… This isn’t…” Maintain eye contact, without being creepy. Keep gesticulations, mannerisms, and movements calm and casual. Aggression is an animal instinct, don’t release the beast during a performance review. 7.      Be Clear With Your Criticisms, Leave No Room for Interpretation Convey your meaning quickly, clearly, and without ambiguity. Be direct with your employees, let them know exactly what you disapprove of, how they can improve, and if there’s a need for it: a warning as to what continued instances of the undesired behavior will result in. Alternatively, reinforce desired actions. If they’ve done anything right at all, mention it, and offer praise. Building an effective team is a complicated process, but armed with common sense and a healthy dose of positivity, you can put together an office environment that runs like a well-oiled machine.

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