How Should Hospitals and Laboratories Deal with Employee Stress?

March 11th, 2013 1 Min read How Should Hospitals and Laboratories Deal with Employee Stress? Blog
The online career site recently published its 2013 "10 Least Stressful Jobs" list, and for the second straight year, Medical Laboratory Technician was listed at #5. However, as DarkDaily reported -- and as comments on the Forbes article show -- MLTs themselves did not feel they were being accurately portrayed. Hospital and laboratory employment involves sustaining or improving people's well-being; that in itself adds a unique measure of stress that many professions may not feel. But there are methods that can help provide an environment that is rewarding despite these stresses. OSHA, the federal government's agency on workplace safety, recommends that hospitals first educate employees about stress. Listed here are several other methods from OSHA's list:
  • Educate employees and management about job stress.
  • Address work-related stressors, such as inadequate work space, unreasonable work load, lack of readily available resources, inadequate and unsafe equipment.
  • Establish regular staff meetings and discussions to communicate feelings, gain support, and share innovative ideas.Provide flexibility and innovation by supervisors to create alternative job arrangements.
  • Provide adequate staffing.
Are your laboratory managers and staff aware of stress-related issues in the workplace? Do you have adequate staffing during times of high patient demand?