Work-Life Balance for Healthcare WorkersBlog
With more than 22 million workers, the healthcare industry is of the nation’s largest, most valuable industries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers are at risk of experiencing mental and physical distress due to high-stress levels and long work hours; this makes it imperative to encourage a healthy work-life balance among hospital workers. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you encourage a better balance among healthcare workers.
Poor Work-Life Balance Impacts Employee Retention
A whopping 61 percent of workers state that a better work-life balance is one of the most important factors when deciding whether to take a job. Healthcare workers are willing to leave their jobs to find positions that help them reduce and better manage their stress levels.
A Healthy Work Environment Reduces Expenses Associated with Employee Turnover
Dedicating your resources to creating an environment that encourages a healthy work-life balance will help you retain your talent and minimize expenses associated with hiring and training new employees. It’s cheaper to keep good employees than to try to replace them with new workers. You also reduce periods of lower productivity that occur during the training and acclimation phase for new workers.
Hospital and Healthcare Industry Workers Should be Treated as Irreplaceable
Successful healthcare workers combine several different skills and talents, including the ability to create emotional connections with patients, make ethical decisions, and display appropriate levels of empathy. While some healthcare procedures and tasks may benefit from AI, robots, and other automated tools, you can’t replace the emotional connection that talented healthcare workers know how to nurture and create.
Healthy Work Environments Help You Combat Labor Shortages
A healthy work environment is essential for fighting labor shortages in the healthcare industry. Workers are searching for employers who encourage and support balance, and existing workers are less likely to seek new jobs.
Healthy Work-Life Balance Starts with Leadership
Hospital leadership must support policies and procedures that encourage a healthy balance. Leaders have to be willing to enact benefits and wellness initiatives that make it easier for workers to lower their stress levels and live more balanced lives. Healthcare workers will also look to leaders when deciding what activities are acceptable; leaders who display a healthy work-life balance are more likely to have workers with a healthy work-life balance.
The healthcare industry has a reputation for long hours and stressful work days. A healthy work-life balance helps workers reduce their stress levels and improve their emotional well-being. Leadership plays a vital role in encouraging employees to live more balanced lives and creating an environment supportive of a better balance.
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