Chronic Overwork

Chronic overwork in clinical settings: there is an emergency in progress!

A descriptive analysis of our results of survey on the psychological climate of work with clinical settings reveals a chronic problem of work overload.

The problem is essentially connected to the conditions in the role of manager, here are a few typical examples.

  1. Work organization focused on the “territories” of roles and responsibilities professional where “everyone works solo in its silo,” hence an additional burden for clinical settings related to the lack of interdisciplinary work and the obligation to offset operating system failures.
  1. Plans “overload” of growth and development institutions (strategic plans), often induced from outside (MSSS, Agencies, AC, CA, development of medical technologies, etc.), which are available in a multitude delegates project managers.
  1. Role required (speech on the expected role) VS VS real role decisional latitude and managerial support: compensatory work, proliferation of committees, staff ratios, multi-site management, shortages, etc.

The result of overworked managers, but dedicated, who sometimes wonder how long they’ll be going!The low degree of “attraction” of these key positions in institutions and massive retirements in the coming years, coupled with human resource management challenges of scarcity, the “rejuvenation” of health workers – who demand more supervision – and chronic work overload of nurses, will, should hopefully reflected in the actions that will be installed shortly by the Department, agencies and institutions with regard to this problem.