Jackie Larson Jackie Larson
Jackie Larson is president of Avantas, a provider of workforce management technology, services, and strategies for the healthcare industry.

Staffing for Now: Four Strategies to Implement

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Talent acquisition and retention goes through peaks and valleys. The reality is that the job climate has changed a lot in the past 50 years. With unemployment rates at historic lows, ...

The Rise of AI: Are algorithms making employees’ lives better or worse?

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Remember when video killed the radio star? Now it seems algorithms have it out for the human experience, or at least that’s what some people fear. Algorithms and machine learning ...

Scheduling Woes: Why Managers Should be Leading with Empathy

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No matter the industry, staffing and scheduling can be a point of contention for both managers and staff. Without the assistance of any tools, scheduling staff takes a lot of time and ...

Transitioning to Leadership: What New Leaders Need to Know about Workforce Optimization

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If an individual’s career trajectory is aimed at a leadership position, the transition to a leadership role demands a shift in priorities. As well as being an expert in their chosen ...

Losing Employees to Burnout? Here’s How to Fix It

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Burnout has officially become a recognized health concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). This type of extreme stress or fatigue can lead to everything from respiratory problems ...

Create a Culture That Allows Employees to Thrive

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Every day, millions of workers show up to their workplace and their souls scream in despair. With a heavy sigh and gritted teeth, displeased employees push through their workday until ...

The Overtime Tipping Point in Healthcare Staffing (is lower than you might think)

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A workforce struggle that spans the ages: overtime, which has its time and place in nearly every industry. But excessive overtime is a pain point for many organizations, burning out ...

Big and Buzzworthy: How Data Analytics Is Driving Improvements in Healthcare

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Many healthcare organizations find themselves at the intersection of data rich and information poor. With an overabundance of data readily available, health systems have struggled with ...

For the Good of the Enterprise: The Journey to Centralized Healthcare Staffing

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Hospitals have become conditioned to functioning in staffing and scheduling silos (unit-based scheduling). When managers and staff follow staffing practices simply because it has “always ...

Moneyball: Healthcare Organizations Seek the Benefits of Analytics

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Fifteen years after its release, Michael Lewis’ wildly popular book, Moneyball, still resonates. The story of how Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane and Assistant General Manager ...
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