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Top 10 Tips for Healthcare Employers to Reduce Worker Stress*

Hospital work often requires coping with some of the most stressful situations found in any workplace. Hospital workers must deal with life-threatening injuries and illnesses complicated by overwork, understaffing, tight schedules, paperwork, intricate or malfunctioning equipment, complex hierarchies of authority and skills, dependent and demanding patients, and patient deaths; all of these contribute to stress.

  1. Educate employees and management about job stress.
  2. Address work-related stressors, such as inadequate work space, unreasonable work load, lack of readily available resources, inadequate and unsafe equipment.
  3. Provide flexibility and innovation by supervisors to create alternative job arrangements.
  4. Provide adequate staffing.
  5. Provide group therapy for staff with particularly difficult professional problems such as dealing with cancer patients, chronic illness, and death.
  6. Provide an organized and efficient work environment.
  7. Recognize and take action on legitimate complaints regarding overbearing coworkers and supervisors.
  8. Provide frequent in-service educational sessions and other opportunities to improve skills and confidence.
  9. Provide scheduled rotation of unit assignments.
  10. Establish programs to address workplace stress, such as: Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), or Organizational Change Programs.

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Source: *United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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