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Creating flexible schedules for physicians


creating flexible schedules for a physician with a recruiter moving time on a clock next to a calendar Posted by Jackie Farley
creating flexible schedules for a physician with a recruiter moving time on a clock next to a calendar

Flexibility is essential in today’s healthcare landscape. Physician candidates are increasingly looking for job opportunities that offer a better balance between professional fulfillment and personal well-being.

Creating flexible schedules for physicians can be a real game-changer for attracting top talent.

Here are some key strategies for working with candidates on flexible scheduling to ensure both parties are successful in finding the right fit:

  1. Start with understanding

Every physician has unique obligations outside work. Before diving into discussions about scheduling preferences, take time to understand the candidate’s needs and priorities, such as family responsibilities, personal interests, or community involvement. With attentive listening and a little empathy,  you can build trust and rapport with your candidates from the very beginning.

  1. Highlight the benefits

Don’t think of flexible scheduling as a perk but as a strategic advantage! Stress the benefits flex scheduling offers, such as reduced burnout, increased job satisfaction and a greatly improved work-life balance. Explain how the ideal schedule can align with their personal goals and enhance their overall physical and mental well-being.

  1. Offer customized solutions

Work closely with candidates to tailor solutions that meet their specific needs while still meeting the organization’s operational requirements. Keep in mind one size does not fit all when it comes to flexible scheduling. Whether it’s part-time hours, compressed workweeks, job-sharing arrangements or telecommuting options, be creative in finding solutions that work for everyone.

  1. Be transparent

Address any potential challenges and concerns upfront to avoid misunderstandings later. It’s essential communication is open and honest throughout the recruitment process. Clearly outline the organization’s policies and expectations regarding flexible scheduling, while being honest with the limitations or considerations you can offer.

  1. Showcase your successes

Hearing firsthand accounts of how flexibility has positively impacted other staff can be a powerful motivator. So, don’t hesitate to share success stories of physicians who have thrived with flexible scheduling arrangements within your organization. These types of real-life examples can provide reassurance and inspiration to candidates who may be leery about a nontraditional work schedule.

  1. Offer support

The transition to a flexible schedule can be a daunting task for some physicians. Offer ongoing support and resources to help make the change seamless. Provide access to tools, training and mentorship opportunities to ensure they feel confident and empowered as they adjust their new role.


Offering flexible scheduling options can set your organization apart and attract - and perhaps most importantly keep - top physician talent. Being able to successfully navigate the discussions around flexible scheduling could be a huge benefit to your organization in building a thriving team of physicians committed to excellence.


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