Work-family conflict causing burnout? No, it’s the work environment.

Dad works full time and does lots of overtime. Mum’s a nurse, juggling shifts and childcare. Too familiar a story in modern times. But is it the dual burden that causes burnout? No, it’s the work environment. While high work-family conflict can lead to emotional exhaustion, it wasn’t associated with depersonalization and didn’t reduce the sense of personal accomplishment at work  in this study of Swedish nurses.

Rather, factors like staffing levels and leadership quality were correlated with the risk of burnout:

The findings suggest that adequate staffing, good leadership, and support for nurses are crucial for RNs’ mental health. Our findings also highlight the importance of hospital managers developing policies and practices to facilitate the successful combination of work with private life for employees.

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Image, “Big happy family” by Caroline Tran

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