Work-Life balance for healthcare professionals

Work-life balance for healthcare professionals
Working in healthcare is a satisfying career path, but one of the hardest fields when it comes to balance work and private life. Healthcare workers need to set boundaries daily to ensure that home life does not suffer, especially during these complicated times.

In a world increasingly burdened by conflicting responsibilities and commitments, work/life balance has become one of the predominant issues in any workplace. But never more so than in the healthcare industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, where healthcare professionals have been key players in its management and find themselves inevitably in the front line of exposure to the virus. This has led to an increase in burnout and a poor work/life balance.

The deadly and uncontrollable nature of COVID-19 together with a relatively high rate of infection and mortality among HCPs can provoke feelings of anxiety and stress in medical staff. Issues such as social stigmatization, shortage of personal protection equipment supplies, and heavy workload on the staff can aggravate this situation.

Burnout is described as a state of psychological, emotional, and physical stress in response to prolonged exposure to occupational stress. It includes feelings of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization (developing cynical attitudes about patients), and reduced professional accomplishment (a sense of negative evaluation of oneself). And we know how this has committed our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the past year.

To understand more about this scenario, M3 Global Research invited physicians in the US to share their experiences regarding this issue over the past few months. You can find the results to their answers below.

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