The workforce issue is top of mind for most managers of any organization in the U.S, but particularly for managers of health and human service organizations. First, they have access to fewer workers, as the workforce participation rate dropped from 63.4% in February 2020 to 60.2% in April 2020, an unprecedented drop over two months. The return has been slow as well—61.9% in December 2021. Reasons for the slow return include early retirement, women leaving the labor force to care for family, and the pandemic income transfer (see The Pandemic’s Impact on Unemployment and Labor Force Participation Trends). Health and…
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