Increasing CEO Engagement: The HR Executive’s Roles and Risks

 

by Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD

Published in the American Hospital Association’s ASHHRA in HR Pulse Magazine, October 2008

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In 2005, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) released the results of a research study on CEO turnover. It found that the median tenure of Presidents/CEO’s of non-specialty hospitals across the country was only 3.6 years. This study also found that when the CEO leaves, 4 more senior team members are likely to follow that person out the door within one year! In decreasing order of frequency, these are the senior team members at risk:

Vice President……………………….97%
Assistant Administrator……………91%
Chief Medical Staff Officer…………77%
Chief Operating Officer……………..52%
[Khaliq, Walston, & Thompson, 2005]

Upon first reviewing these findings, I was surprised to find that the senior HR executives were not included in this list. As an Executive Search Consultant and Organizational Psychologist, I know…


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