Some Healthcare Employees Depart Jobs to Take Better Care of Themselves

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

Some healthcare jobs can be hazardous to an employee’s health. If healthcare organizations are not paying attention to employees’ needs or to improving the workload and environment, they may find themselves having big problems with retention.

The HealthStream article, 7 Common Reasons People Leave Healthcare Jobs and What to Do about It, looks at the labor market, examines trends involving hiring, job previews, and the work environment, and connects these key areas to the retention problem in healthcare. Here is an excerpt from the article.

Improving Self Care Can Mean Leaving a Job

As marketplace conditions have improved, employees are making more of an effort to care for themselves and their families. The Work Institute suggests that “at least some of the efforts companies have made to promote general health have had a small, but noteworthy, impact” (Work Institute, 2018). Those organizations that do not actively pay attention to employees’ needs to take care of themselves and their families likely will see turnover. The recommendation is that organizations and managers “understand the challenges that employees face and work with them to accommodate special needs to ensure you keep good employees as long as possible” (Work Institute, 2018).

Burnout Is a Serious Risk in Healthcare

A serious risk in the matter of employee well-being is burnout, which can “undermine not only employee well-being, but also patient outcomes, safety, and quality of care. Employees who feel burnout are three times more likely to leave and 63% more likely to take a sick day. For organizations, burnout translates to increased turnover, lost productivity, and increased malpractice lawsuits” (Plemmons, 2018). Managers should compare themselves to “medical professionals who offer holistic patient care [and implement] well-being strategies that focus on more than employees’ physical health. By investing in employees as people, not just workers, healthcare leaders deliver exceptional care for the caregivers” (Plemmons, 2018).



Plemmons, Joy, “2 Remedies for Reducing Burnout Among Healthcare Workers,” Gallup Blog, March 13, 2018, Retrieved at

Work Institute, “2018 Retention Report: Truth & Trends in Turnover,” available at