As Fall Arrives, Managers Should Be Prepared for Staff Burnout

Introduction

As fall arrives, healthcare workers are gearing up to tackle a surge of viruses. Yet, this season also ushers in another challenge for managers – staff burnout, caused by long shifts, high stress levels, and inadequate resources.

At DeoCare, we are dedicated to offering solutions-focused recruitment strategies that address staff burnout and support managers in creating a nurturing work environment.

In this blog, we explore various ways managers can help staff alleviate stress and minimise burnout risks:

Address Pay Equity Concerns Among Healthcare Staff

Recent government initiatives to increase aged-care nurse salaries have boosted morale, but months of indecision over pay may have contributed to fatigue and burnout.

Managers can alleviate stress by openly discussing ongoing pay equity efforts within their organisation. Encourage transparency through team meetings, one-on-one check-ins, and anonymous feedback channels, helping staff feel valued and informed.

Encourage Staff Engagement in Decision-Making Processes

Involving staff in decision-making can foster a sense of empowerment and engagement. Managers should seek team input on matters directly affecting their roles and responsibilities, such as policy or procedural changes.

By promoting ownership and involvement, managers can reduce stress and burnout feelings.

Provide Opportunities for Professional Development and Growth

Long hours with little reward can lead to frustration and stagnation. Managers should offer professional development opportunities, including training programs, workshops, and mentorship, to help staff expand their skills and advance their careers.

Investing in professional growth reduces stress and burnout likelihood while fostering job satisfaction.

Recognise and Reward Staff Achievements

Acknowledging staffs’ accomplishments positively impacts morale and job satisfaction.

Develop a system for recognising individual and team achievements, such as formal awards, verbal or written praise, or small tokens of appreciation.

Celebrating successes and expressing gratitude for hard work helps create a positive work environment and reduces stress.

Implement Stress Management and Wellness Programs

Consider introducing stress management and wellness programs to support staffs’ mental and emotional well-being. These programs can encompass stress management workshops, mindfulness and meditation sessions, exercise classes, or access to staff assistance programs for counselling and mental health support.

By offering resources for stress management and self-care, managers can foster a healthier work environment and help staff build resilience against workplace stressors.

Conclusion

Tackling stress and burnout in New Zealand’s healthcare sector demands a comprehensive approach that incorporates a variety of strategies. By implementing the suggestions outlined above, managers can cultivate a supportive work environment that enables staff to manage stress effectively and maintain their well-being.

At DeoCare, we recognise the importance of fostering a healthy, nurturing work environment and are committed to helping healthcare organisations find the right candidates to build resilient, high-performing teams.

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