Well-Being Weekly | Week of July 27th, 2020

Explore the latest research, news, and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar. 

What one healthcare CEO is learning from the pandemic

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare Marc Harrison, MD discusses seven lessons that providing care during the pandemic has taught him and his team and how those lessons may prepare healthcare organizations for even better care following COVID-19. 

Of the seven lessons highlighted, integrating mental health care and primary care is one of the most impactful. In the article, Dr. Harrison details the devastating mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic if action is not taken, and how health care providers are among those most at risk. Read the full post to learn more about the other important lessons and what Intermountain Healthcare has done to protect mental health. 

General healthcare employee well-being is at risk

The most recent data gathered from the Well-Being Index State of Well-Being 2019 Report shows that over 40% of general healthcare employees report feeling burned out from their work and nearly 47% report emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Examples of general healthcare employee occupations that assessed include:

  • Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Tech
  • Radiology Tech
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Scientist (PhD)
  • Social Worker

These insights from over 7,200 employees paint an alarming picture of the mental health and well-being of our healthcare workforce and the current culture of medicine. Download the report for more insights and visit mywellbeingindex.org to learn how the Well-Being Index helps leading healthcare organizations support staff wellness and combat the systemic causes of distress. 

3 tips to avoid work-from-home burnout

As millions around the world continue working from home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to study the skills and strategies needed to avoid burnout caused by our unique situations and work environments. As stated in the Harvard Business Review, "the lines between work and non-work are blurring in new and unusual ways, and many employees who are working remotely for the first time are likely to struggle to preserve healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives." 

Work-life integration has been a leading cause of distress for healthcare professionals, and the added pressures of COVID-19 and mandatory work-from-home status may amplify the risk of burnout and other serious consequences. Explore Harvard Business Review's 3 tips for avoiding work-from-home burnout, and learn more about improving work-life integration in our comprehensive report on the 6 Dimensions of Distress and Well-Being.

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