How to Help Healthcare Professionals Reduce Stress

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Working in healthcare is incredibly rewarding, but it also comes with a tremendous amount of stress. The pressure of having patients’ lives in your hands, coupled with the often unavoidable long shifts can cause even the calmest person to feel the heat.

As an employer, you’re in a position to help your staff cope with stress. Doing so not only benefits the employee, it is also reflected in the quality of their patient care. Happy, relaxed healthcare professionals are in the right mindset to help others, so use these tips to help them combat stress in a healthy manner.

Offer On-Site Fitness Resources

Getting active is one of the best ways to beat stress, so make it easy for your staff. Create an on-site fitness center and/or hold regular fitness classes, such as yoga and kickboxing. Employees can get a workout in during a break from a long shift or before or after work. Making time to go to an off-site gym can be a challenge, so bring the fitness resources to them.

Serve Healthy Cafeteria Food

Eating healthy is a great way to combat stress, but you can’t expect your staff to follow a balanced diet if the cafeteria barely serves up any healthy offerings. Busy people don’t always have time to pack a lunch, so your employees live on cafeteria food. Work with the cafeteria manager to create a few guilt-free menu options that actually taste good. Certain foods like leafy greens, salmon and oatmeal are thought to help reduce anxiety, so make sure these staples are readily available.

Maintain a Positive Work Environment

Negative attitudes are contagious. Feeling stressed is a natural side effect of a pessimistic work environment, so make yours nice and cheery. Set the tone by treating your team with respect and they will follow suit. Encourage people to see the bright side of every situation, and if you notice someone about to reach their breaking point, pull them aside for a pep talk.

Schedule Breaks Regularly

Your employees are only human, so there’s limits to the amount of work they can endure before feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Alleviate stress before it starts by requiring people to take breaks after a certain number of hours on the job. Stepping back from work for a few minutes to enjoy a meal at a leisurely pace, call a loved one or even take a few deep breaths will help your staff maintain their composure throughout a hectic day.

Encourage Extracurricular Pursuits

A solid work-life balance is hugely important for stress relief. Healthcare professionals need a hobby or an interest outside of work to focus on that makes them truly happy. This can be anything from spending time with their family to traveling the world, as long as they have time to enjoy it. All work and no play leads to burnout, so make sure your employees are able to have a life outside your healthcare facility.

Expanding your healthcare team is a task that can’t be taken lightly. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

If your employees seem discontent, irritable and genuinely unhappy at work more often than not, this as a sign for major concern. It’s easy to assume the mood will pass, and it might, but it could also get worse.

Just 32 percent of U.S. employees are engaged at work, according to Gallup, as of Aug. 6, 2017. This is concerning for many reasons, especially because actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity each year, as per a 2013 report from the company.

Not only is a happy workforce much more pleasant to be part of, it’s also more productive. Find out why a typically cheery staff is able to accomplish more each day.

They Enjoy the Work

Employees who are pleased to be at work generally like their jobs. Completing the tasks on their daily to-do list is fun for them because they’re passionate about the work. Instead of finding ways to waste time and making excuses not to work, they’re focused on producing the very best output — no matter what project is at their fingertips. These people understand that success doesn’t come easy, and they don’t mind a bit.

They Care Truly Care

Happy employees are invested in the success of the company. They believe in your mission and values and want to do their part to help the organization reach its goals. More than just a job to them, the work is close to their heart. You can be certain they won’t cut corners on tasks or treat clients poorly, because they understand their actions are a direct reflection on the company. This is something they take very seriously and will always do their best to never let you down.

They Value Their Jobs

When people enjoy their jobs, they know they have a good thing going. Happy employees want to remain gainfully employed by your company, because this is where they truly want to be. They know their continued employment is at your discretion, so they constantly work hard to keep you satisfied. These professionals can’t imagine life without your company, nor will they have to, because they’re your best workers.

They’re Happy to Pitch In

Engaged employees don’t limit their productivity to the responsibilities listed in their job description. When you need them to complete a task that falls outside their realm, they do it with a smile on their face. Always willing to take one for the team, they also won’t hesitate to assist a colleague who needs a helping hand, to ensure all work is completed on time. Unlike disgruntled employees, you won’t catch these satisfied staffers complaining about doing extra work or putting in a little overtime, because this is the job they want.

If you have perpetually unhappy employees on staff, consider switching things up by hiring workers who truly want to be there. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

No matter where you are in your career, someone with a fancy job title has already been in your shoes.
As with every job, these people had to navigate their fair share of struggles to get to where they are today, but they persevered.

There’s no better way to navigate your career than with guidance from someone who’s already been there. Asking a seasoned professional in your field to mentor you can be a career-changing experience. The right mentor has a wealth of knowledge that would take you years to figure out on your own, effectively expediting your ascent up the ladder.

Learn five ways a mentor can give your career a major boost.

Put You on the Right Track

There’s no guide book that maps the route to your ideal job. Finding your way involves many twists and turns, making it easy to get lost along the way. When you have a mentor, they’ll help you get on the right track by telling you what skills you need to learn, the types of jobs you need to find and any additional education or certification you should obtain to increase your chances of success.

Hold You Accountable

Setting career goals is easy, but actually achieving them is another story. When left to your own devices, it’s easy to procrastinate these objectives into oblivion, but a mentor won’t let you get away with that. They will force you to attach deadlines to these aims, and if you fail to deliver, you’ll have to answer to them.

Deliver the Honest Truth

When it comes to giving you honest feedback about your career, friends and family members are too close for comfort. Most — if any — probably don’t have experience in your field, and even if they do, they don’t want to point out areas where you’re lacking. On the other hand, a mentor is both an expert in your field and very willing to supply the brutal truth. If you’re doing something that needs improvement, they won’t hesitate to tell you.

Help You Make New Contacts

Experienced professionals have spent years developing their networks, so it’s pretty safe to assume your mentor has a list of contacts that pull serious weight. As their mentee, they want to help you succeed, so any mentor worth your time will be happy to share their own network with you. This will give you the opportunity to meet contacts with the ability to change the course of your career.

Provide Valuable Advice

One decision can change the course of your career, so having someone who’s been there weigh in on big choices, like job offers, can make a world of difference. Rather than having to go it alone, you can consult your mentor before making potentially career-changing decisions. They can serve as a sounding board and offer beneficial input that will allow you to feel more confident in your choices.

A mentor is an incredible asset to guide your career growth, and when paired with assistance from a job placement service, there’s no limit to the success you can achieve. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

Many job seekers don’t realize this, but there’s more than one way to format a resume. Chances are, yours follows the standard reverse chronological presentation, but that’s not the only way to do it.

Tailoring your resume for each job you apply to is a must, and part of this includes choosing the format that presents you in the best manner possible. Several factors go into deciding which setup to use, so learn about the two main types.

Reverse Chronological Formatting

The traditional resume format, the reverse chronological presentation places a heavy emphasis on your work history. As implied, each job you’ve held since starting your career is listed, starting with your most recent position. This makes it easy for the reader to map your career progression, and see how you’ve grown and advanced since entering the workforce.

If you’ve followed a conventional career path, this format is typically your best choice. You’ll list the company name and location, your job title, dates of employment and main responsibilities associated with the position.

There’s several different ways to write a reverse chronological resume, but they typically include an objective, summary, and education portion, along with the experience section. You’ll want to tailor each segment to fit the job you’re applying for, because this will make it stand out from the others piled up on the hiring manager’s desk.

Functional Formatting

Sometimes a career path takes unexpected turns, which is where a functional format comes in. If you have gaps in your employment history, are new to the workforce, have changed jobs more than most people, or are trying to change careers, this type of presentation is your best option.

Rather than focusing on past employment, a functional format highlights your applicable skills and experience. Transferrable skills gained from unrelated jobs in other industries, volunteer work and other facets of life are brought to the forefront to show your fit for the job. It involves a lot of time and effort, but this should be tailored for each opportunity you apply to.

Of course, you can’t leave your work history off your resume entirely, but it’s located at the bottom of the page, under your qualifications. Give a brief snapshot of your previous jobs, including company name and location, the position you held, and your dates of employment.

The idea is by the time the reader gets to the bottom of the page, they’ll already be sold on your fit for the job. Therefore your lack of related work experience won’t seem as big of an issue as it would’ve in a chronological format. Work history is often viewed as the deciding factor governing your fit for the job, but this isn’t always fair. A functional resume allows you to shine as a nontraditional candidate.

Presenting yourself as the best person for the job is the key to success. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

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