Employee Retention for Health & Life Sciences Leaders: Building a Holistic Strategy to Keep Talent Engaged

Location: Online

Do you lead a team in the health or life sciences industries? If so, then you are familiar with the alarming news headlines about employee turnover. Healthcare professionals continue to leave their jobs at high rates in the wake of the pandemic, a source of unprecedented stress for those working on the front line with patients as well as administrators and others. And the massive infusion of funding into vaccine and pharmaceutical development created a plethora of job opportunities in the life sciences, spurring many employees to explore their options and change companies. But some employers are bucking the trend.

This program will empower you to take immediate action to retain talent by addressing some of the issues that drive people to quit and creating a culture that keeps team members engaged. Learn via self-paced content that is complemented by two live, virtual sessions with subject matter experts. The program will explore strategies and tactics that are backed by research, offering a practical toolkit for supervisors, managers, and leaders in settings such as clinics, private practices, hospitals, biotech and pharma companies, and medical device companies.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the contextual factors contributing to employee turnover in today’s environment
  • Discuss the business case for improving employee retention
  • Articulate the key drivers of employee engagement, retention, and turnover
  • Describe specific retention-related challenges in the healthcare and life sciences fields
  • Conduct interviews to assess retention risk
  • Tailor retention strategies to different workforce segments (HMM)
  • Create a retention action plan for your department or team 

MCPHS Faculty

Dayna Catropa, MEd, Adjunct Faculty, School of Professional Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has consulting, research, and marketing experience in higher education and the private sector. Serving as an instructor at Harvard University for more than 15 years and as a consultant for more than 10 years, she has engaged hundreds of professionals on career-focused topics including leadership, management, and emotional intelligence. Catropa develops curriculum that is academically rigorous and informed by private sector experience.

Carol Stuckey, MBA, Dean, School of Professional Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has extensive experience leading high-performing, entrepreneurial teams in the consulting and education industries. Stuckey has developed and taught a variety of leadership education programs in the areas of business and marketing strategy. She has led successful collaborations with organizations including Harvard, MIT, the Smithsonian, and MassBio. Stuckey has created numerous custom programs for employers in the life sciences and financial services industry. Prior to joining MCPHS, Stuckey spent 11 years at Harvard University, leading the introduction of 40 graduate certificates and creating a new business line of professional development programs.