Ten Quick Tips to Improve Staff Well-being

  1. Create a comfortable work environment. Have a comfortable space for staff to use in downtime. Do what you can to make the space feel inviting and relaxing.
  2. Mental health should be a team priority. This creates an environment that reduces burnout, reduces secondhand stress and promotes resilience. Create a safe space for people to be able to share issues and work together to resolve them. Also, make sure people know about the availability of resources, such as EAP programs.
  3. Show appreciation for patients and staff. Expressing gratitude shifts a negative atmosphere into a positive one, produces a positive atmosphere, increases the likelihood of future support/effort and decreases levels of conflict. Even when resources are few, a sincerely thankful attitude can make a big difference.
  4. Enable a supportive team culture.  Clearly communicate needs with co-workers, whether instrumental, emotional or otherwise.
  5. Delivering adequate resourcing for high-quality patient care. Do your best to advocate for and make sure everyone has everything they need to do the best work possible.
  6. Take all contact precautions seriously. Don’t sacrifice safety for speed – YOU are in short supply!
  7. Prioritize and focus on one thing at a time. Do what needs to be done based on your clinical experience and team needs.
  8. Know your limits and set healthy boundaries. Consider where your boundaries lie – energy-wise, emotional boundaries, knowledge – overextension leads to burnout.
  9. Lean on each other’s strengths. Everyone in a team has unique strengths – humor, empathy, communication, etc. – use them and rely on each other!
  10. Take care of yourself.  Request help when you need it. Use your days off to recharge, get adequate sleep, and relax.