Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Caring for Caregivers in Wellness Programs

Two critical issues facing healthcare workers and caregivers are compassion fatigue and burnout. Wellness programs help employees maintain mental-physical balance.
By Peter Scott

Burnout among employees is becoming a pervasive and troublesome workplace issue. People are asked to do more with fewer resources and are under pressure to consistently perform. In some environments like healthcare, burnout is even more complex because workers experience compassion fatigue and second victim syndrome. The organization can play a key role in creating work environments that reduce the risk of burnout which includes offering a holistic wellness program. Rather than concentrating only on physical health, innovative wellness programs are helping employees better manage mental health. As new wellness models are developed to address work-life balance in relationship to physical and mental health, they are increasingly customized to address the specific, rather than gene...

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