Impact of occupational stress and burnout to organization

Impact of occupational stress and burnout to organization

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Healthcare systems just like other working areas are subject to increased cases of occupational stress and burnouts. Due to the condition of the clinical conditions and circumstances which physicians are exposed to burnout and occupational stress is a common problem. Research has it that, more than 50% of the individual in a given work environment are suffering from stress or burnouts due to the kind of activities they undertake (Embriaco, 2007). Individual caregiving systems are rising up and considering varying objectives in order for them to narrow down cases of burnout which are pronounced in most caregiving centers. The success of various objectives helps to eradicate the rising cases of a variety of stressors affecting individual within their work setting.

Occupational stress and burnout show its great intervention within our organization to a greater extent. Physicians from different departments have signs of burnout emanating from the piling work and long working hours. From the personal perspective and experience within the facility, it clear to deduce that working conditions within the system are not homely and that almost all individuals from different departments suffer from occupational stress and burnout. As per the human resource management department, physicians and caregivers from different departments show signs of burnout and occupational stress.

For instance, about 80% of clinical officers in the department of cancer and chronicle diseases had a sign of occupational stress. 95% of the caregivers dealing with HIV/AIDs patients had work burnout and found it hard to employ EBP procedures in their caregiving process. Generally, about 70% of the population have some stressor affecting their productivity within the organization. Let us focus on how scholars view and other organization view the case of occupational burnout and stress.

In the first article, Routsalainen et al., 2014 postulates that burnout and occupational stress occur as a result of various factors some of which include workload, working condition, and working hours among others. In this article, research conducted for over 39 studies to scrutinize the cognitive behavioral technic (CBT) and intervention portray burnout and occupational stress as being serious effects affecting physicians. The studies come up with different strategies and technics with the CBT being part of them which help in dealing with occupational stress and burnout as stressors.

The first intervention is physical relaxation. The organization adopts this technique to allow health practitioners to relax their body after hours of services to reduce the chances of attracting stress. The second method is mental relaxation whereby organizations avail programs to promote mental relaxation for caregivers (Tausig, & Fenwick, 2011). In the last case, physicians change their working conditions and work schedule for them to experience change which reduces pressure.

The second article reviewed in this case is Fiabane et al., 2013 which review the relationship between work engagement and occupational stress. The researchers, in this case, apply the different methodology to understand how working environment affects the mental and physical health of nurses. The study operates on about 198 hospital staff who produce the results. The study shows that mental health was affected by the type of working environment and type of patients handled. For instance, physiotherapist had greater chances of suffering mental health compared to nurses giving general care. Since most of the issues notices, in this case, emanate from the working environment, workload, work schedule, personal expectation and satisfaction organizations will apply measures to curb the same. Organizations ensure that physiotherapists are not exposed to the danger of mental health through working environment changes and reducing daily workload.

To address the stressors, organizations develop different strategies as seen in the review above. Cognitive behavioral Training is one of the techniques being used by organizations and it includes strategies to monitor the cognitive behavior of caregivers. The second strategy is physical and mental relaxation (Routsalainen et al., 2014). Organizations develop sessions whereby nurses take time to engage in physical and mental relaxation in order for them to chase burnout and occupational stress. The other strategy is changing the working environment and working schedule. The strategy entails changing of a number of exposure hours and also ensuring individuals do not serve the same community for a longer period (Embriaco, et al. 2007). The final strategy is the increasing a number of caregivers and encouraging them to be part of professional healthcare organizations. With this strategy, they are able to garner knowledge from fellow practitioners.

These stressors have negative influence on our organization. Employing some of the strategies stated above could have a positive impact on the quality of services and also to the life of the caregivers. Cases like reducing workload will ensure that caregiver work humbly and deliver quality and evidence-based services to patients. Reducing exposure period ensure that caregiver have long life and health while delivering services to the community (Tausig, & Fenwick, 2011). It is thus essential to inculcate such strategies within the organization since they have much benefit than faults.

Conclusively, it is clear that occupational stress and burnout are profound within any work setting. It is thus essential for organizations to develop strategies which help eradicate burnout form workers. National healthcare systems should consider coming up with strategies which help reduce cases of work burnout and occupational stressors.


Embriaco, N., Papazian, L., Kentish-Barnes, N., Pochard, F., &Azoulay, E. (2007). Burnout syndrome among critical care healthcare workers. Current opinion in critical care13(5), 482-488.

Fiabane, E., Giorgi, I., Sguazzin, C., &Argentero, P. (2013). Work engagement and occupational stress in nurses and other healthcare workers: the role of organizational and personal factors. Journal of clinical nursing22(17-18), 2614-2624.

Ruotsalainen, J. H., Verbeek, J. H., Mariné, A., & Serra, C. (2014). Preventing occupational stress in healthcare workers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (11).

Tausig, M., & Fenwick, R. (2011). Work and Mental Health in Social Context. Berlin, Germany: Springer Science & Business Media.