Patients and their loved ones count on the skill and compassion of the caregivers in your healthcare facility. But just like family members, professional caregivers can experience burnout from a job that is physically and emotionally taxing. Here are the signs to look for and what can be done to treat or prevent it.
Changes in sleep patterns can be a sign of stress. Insomnia is a problem – having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep – but so is excessive sleep. Not wanting to get up or an increase in napping can be a sign of depression. Pay attention to how your caregivers seem on the job. If they seem sluggish or tired, check-in with them to see how they are doing.
Watch for mood changes such as crying, impatience, snappishness. These can be symptoms that your caregiver needs a break. It’s essential to pay attention to the emotional state of your employees, not only for their well-being but also that of your patients. They don’t deserve to be on the short end of a caregiver’s temper.
Weight gain or loss
There are a variety of reasons for weight fluctuations. This is not something that you can bring up with them outright, but you can give them the tools that can help them manage their stress more healthily. Offer healthy snacks in the vending machines or cafeteria.
How can you help?
The best thing you can do to help your caregivers is to be aware that burnout is a reality and that you can help them manage it on and off the job. Switch out shifts where possible so they get breaks from the most challenging shifts or patients. Encourage them to take time off and their scheduled breaks. Schedule team-building events that are focused on fitness and stress relief. Teach stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or finding what works for them from cardio to journaling.
Hire managers who recognize the symptoms of burnout.
Managers often get bogged down in the details of the many items on their to-do list. Still, it’s important to the quality of service you provide and the retention and well-being of your employees that your healthcare facility’s leaders take a holistic approach to management. If you’re ready to hire your next manager or executive, contact the healthcare recruitment specialists at Hospitality in Healthcare.