Just in time for National Nurses Week, CareerBuilder released a study on the state of nurses in the workforce, particularly as it pertains to job satisfaction. According to the study, 70 percent of nurses say they feel burned out, and 54 percent report high stress levels. When asked what was causing the burnout, 50 percent of nurses reported feeling tired all the time, 35 percent cited sleepless nights, and 33 percent reported weight gain. High anxiety and depression were also contributing factors.
But nurses aren’t the only ones struggling in the workplace. Nursing jobs, which have grown 6 percent since 2012, are expected to grow 7 percent over the next five years, and employers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. According to the study, 56 percent of health care employers currently have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates.
What Does This Mean For You?
When it comes to alleviating burnout, employers do not offer much support. Seventy-eight percent of nurses say their employers don’t offer classes or programs to help employees manage stress. Putting programs in place to help employees manage stress, however, could be a wise business decision.
High stress levels among workers have been linked to lower productivity, higher turnover, increased absenteeism and more on-the-job mistakes – all of which can have a negative effect on the business.
Stop burnout before it starts. Make sure you are checking in with your employees on a regular basis to ensure they are getting the support they need to perform their jobs, manage their workloads and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Get more details from the study here.
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