We are all stakeholders in the fatigue management process, and we all own it!
The employer can do much to shift the paradigm and create a culture of safety, wellness, and caring. Clear and compelling visions start us along a path of generating a future we deserve to have. In the healthcare setting, everyone assumes responsibility for patient safety and good outcomes.
Any employee is responsible for practicing healthy behaviors that reduce the risk for working while fatigued or sleepy, result in arriving to work alert and well rested, and promote a safe commute to and from work. This is true regardless of the industry in which one works! This responsibility might require that you reject a work assignment that compromises the availability of sufficient time for sleep and recovery from work – for example, when your shift ends at midnight, and you are expected to return to work, fully rested, by 7:00 a.m. We all have different recovery times. Our bodies and minds are unique, and this concept often involves scheduled shifts and mandatory or voluntary overtime. It is everyone’s responsibility to address one’s own, as well as co-worker, fatigue. Employees must be responsible and know their limits.
The system predicts the outcome, and the system must ensure positive outcomes for staff, clients, the public, and patients.
|Attach a sense of urgency
||Partner with staff to ensure consistency of policy and procedures
|Create a collaborative work environment
||Educate and empower staff
|Identify the areas and practices that may result in staff fatigue
||Prioritize fatigue countermeasures and monitor effectiveness
|Evaluate staffing and scheduling practices
||Offer opportunity for feedback and ideas for improvement
|Engage staff in recruitment and retention activities and promote innovative strategies
||Follow the system
“I’m a workaholic, so I ignore the signs of fatigue and just keep going and going, and then conk out when I get home.
It can be pretty stressful.” Keke Palmer
Who owns fatigue…we all do!
As an employee, perhaps you punched a timeclock, participated in huddles, followed a routine, listened to/or gave orders, and assumed that the outcomes would be great. Unless you were a director, you probably were not concerned about the bottom line. And, perhaps as a new employee, you waited to be told what to do next. Unlike employees who work for others, you are now an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are in charge of their successes and failures. As an entrepreneur, it’s time to shift that mindset because regardless of the type of business you are in, you are the boss/the CEO/the brand. Ask Sharon about the 7 simple steps that can shift your mindset and ensure your success.
I had the privilege of presenting The Wages of Stress to attendees at the SpinCon2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Monday! What an incredible learning audience; these were seasoned professional meeting planners whose jobs exude stress. They were especially interested in the price we pay for stress…the price of relationships, family, job, productivity, sleep, and overall health.
What is the dollar value of your stress, and is it worth it? Are you sacrificing quality time with family and friends due to work? Are you sacrificing relationships and your own health due to your commitments? Is your ‘to-do’ list overwhelming, and can it be converted into a ‘must-do’ list?
Don’t fall victim to stress; don’t let it become a fact of life for you! Don’t lose sleep and become fatigued due to stress. You will recognize fatigue; the most common effects associated with fatigue are-
- Lack of concentration
- Impaired recall
- Poor judgment
- Reduced ability to communicate with others
- Reduced fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
- Reduced visual perception
- Slower response times
Have I just described you, and how you are feeling? If yes, seek support…slow down…enjoy life to the fullest, and stress less! Thanks, SpinCon attendees, for the opportunity to share with you; I know that you know the triggers, and how to control them!
What a pleasure it was to connect with Maia Aziz this morning on BlogTalk Radio. We discussed Life Balance, why it is within your reach, what you can do to make it a reality, and more! Thanks, Maia for the opportunity to share with your listening audience.
What are you doing about balance, or lack thereof, in your own life? Let me show you the way!
Expect it, listen, and allow the universe to bring it in..from B is for Balance
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
We should expect balance, and allow the universe to bring it into our lives…into our being.
My dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, had an air of entitlement. Yes, he did have royal bloodlines and a rich heritage. And, yes, he was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to the US at age 6 weeks. And yes, he had been to obedience school and graduated with honors. But, he expected recognition, he listened, and he allowed the universe, and his masters, to bring it in!
We deserve balance in our lives, and we should expect it…from the universe…into our being. Some say that there are twenty-six principles of life and that these principles affect our overall being.
26 Principles of Life (http://eidsbox.multiply.com/journal/item/116/26_Principles_of_Life)
- All Are Related
- The Energy Flow
- We Are Beings of Both Spirit and Flesh
- No One Entity is Superior to Another
- Belief Creates
- The Higher Purpose
- There are No Ordinary Moments
- There are No Limits
- Action, not Reaction
- Positivity Rules
- Posture, Pose, and Breathing
- Everything in Balance
- Intent is Action
- Freedom of Choice
- Change Happens
- Taking Responsibility
- One Step at a Time
- Air your Doubts
- The Ongoing Journey
- Don’t Mind
(Adapted, with permission, from material by Jason Johns http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Jason_Johns for use in B is for Balance)
How will you apply the “Principles” to achieve balance in your own life? Will you expect, and allow, balance?
From an unrealistic workload due to inadequate staffing and excessive paperwork; fluctuating schedules associated with changing shifts; mandatory overtime; floating without appropriate orientation; and moral and ethical dilemmas, nurses, first responders, police officers, and pilots see and feel it all. Who is the picture of stress management? The answer is Sharon Weinstein, author of B is for Balance, 2nd edition…12 steps to creating balance at home and at work.
Additionally, being single, rearing young families, and/or caring for aging parents are common life circumstances with unique psychosocial and logistical challenges. Many professionals have sought flexible, virtual arrangements in pursuit of balanced personal lives. We all have personal and career goals. By visualizing those goals, we empower ourselves to achieve them. Taking small action steps toward our goals puts them within our reach. How do you manage your stress? What small action steps have you taken?
Why is Sharon the ‘look’ of stress management? It’s simple – she put the B into Balance, and she works at it every single day! Do you?
Surely, America’s Got Talent; so too does Britain! From the Fifth Generation Hand Balancer on One Finger, to the Balancing Daredevil, to my own National Speakers Association colleagues known as The Passing Zone…we have seen it all, haven’t we?
Life is a balancing act…the ability to juggle responsibilities, money, time and perhaps time for ourselves.
Think about your own life, and your balancing act! What must you juggle each and every day to reach your goals, realize your dreams, and live your life?