Healthcare execs say they feel the pressure of job burnout
- Burnout is negatively impacting the organizations of the nearly 350 healthcare executives surveyed in The Impact of Burnout on Healthcare Executives, a report by Witt/Kieffer. A majority of chief nursing officers, vice presidents, directors and CEOs surveyed said their organizations aren't doing enough to prevent burnout.
- Almost two-thirds of respondents report they are unable to take vacation days, or can only do so rarely, due to their workload. About half said burnout has a negative impact on their personal relationships. Roughly the same amount said they frequently skip one meal a day due to stress or being too busy.
- More than half admitted they don't get enough sleep every night, on average, while the same amount admit burnout could cause them to leave their current job. A majority (75%) of those polled reported they knew of colleagues who have left the industry entirely because of job burnout.
Burnout is pervasive among most industries. When employees are burned out, performance and engagement suffer. A study found most respondents think 20% to 50% of attrition can be directly attributed to workplace burnout. With increasing turnover rates, the problem is exacerbated as employees quit, shifting their workload to others while business struggles to replace them. This puts other workers in line for the domino effect of job burnout.
One study revealed more than half of workers have experienced job burnout, and 86% of employees polled believed burnout is directly connected to job satisfaction. For working parents, research found more than half suffer from burnout as the pressure of work and family challenge them to keep pace.
For businesses, the cost of burnout can touch on more than turnover rates: one study suggested the majority of American workers show up to work tired, which can directly impact their performance and create safety hazards in certain industries.
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