Introduction

In the last couple of years healthcare employees have faced some trying times, first with the pandemic and completely shifting day-to-day business operations to keep our world’s health running, oftentimes muddling their own fears. Ask anyone in healthcare what it takes to make change in a hospital system, “It’s Monumental” let alone the added complications around new regulations. It’s striking to look back and admire how our health care has achieved the impossible, but has the impact been on our Employees?

In our Monthly Healthcare Poll, we asked our audience, healthcare professionals like yourself, "At your health system, have you experienced "staff burnout" this year? " Now, let's look at what we discovered...

 

An Honest Path of Discovery Starting with a Poll

We recently conducted an informal healthcare peer opinion poll focusing on the impact of healthcare burnout with a simple yes or no answer.

The question was simple and straightforward: “At your health system, have you experienced "staff burnout" this year?” We received great feedback from healthcare professionals in the US and found the results to be unsurprising, which you can find the details in, below.  

Of the responses we received, 92.8% of participants stated they had experienced staff burnout in the last year. Though this poll does not give an explanation as to why, know that staff who find themselves burned out often tend to be at risk for other negative outcomes such as depression and anxiety and can increase the possibility of staff turnover. Staff burnout has been linked to lower patient satisfaction, increased rates of preventable mistakes, errors in judgement – until it is too late – and an overall decrease in job performance.

Healthcare Poll Overall Results - Staff Burnout-1
For our readers, while we know our peer poll is merely for consideration, we know that recognizing this wide felt sentiment is important in the process of improvement, and future next steps. A recent study published by the University of California (Berkeley) showed that burnout occurs as a result of chronic stress caused by lagging workplace supports, poor work-life balance and excessive workloads. Staff also found their jobs had become less meaningful over time as they no longer felt respected or valued by those above them; conditions which led many staff members to look elsewhere for employment.

Conversely, 7.2% of our poll respondents shared a positive view, indicating their experience in the last year has not led to any feelings of burnout. This positive sentiment we hope is turning a new leaf for 2022, and how staff can look towards the future.

Conclusion 

In our Monthly Healthcare Poll, we asked our audience, healthcare professionals like yourself, "At your health system, have you experienced "staff burnout" this year? " And we discovered that 92.8% of participants stated they had experienced staff burnout in the last year. We know that recognizing this wide felt sentiment is important in the process of improvement, and future next steps to counteract chronic stress caused by lagging workplace support, poor work-life balance and excessive workloads. However, we may be seeing signs of hope for 2022 and healthcare staff burnout rates as indicated in our poll with 7.2% of our respondents indicating no issues with burnout. Is 2022 going to be better?

Is your risk for burnout, increasing or decreasing?

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Anthony Delabano

Written by Anthony Delabano

With an unparalleled resourceful and systematic approach, Anthony Delabano (A-Train) continually innovates to bridge the gap between marketing and sales. In his free time, Anthony dedicates his passion driven ingenuity to his nonprofit, Foundation45, which gives hundreds of musicians and artists each year, a second chance at life through 100% free counseling services.