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HOPA 2018 | Stressors in the workplace: the work-family interface

Amy Pick • 21 Mar 2018

In this interview, Amy Pick, PharmD, BCOP, of Creighton University, Omaha, NE, speaks about different types of stressors for mid-career healthcare professionals, and specifically about what she believes to be the main stressor: the inflexibility of the work-family interface. This video was recorded at the 2018 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Annual Conference.

Transcript (edited for clarity)

I think we’re seeing more and more stressors in the workplace. With job cuts, there’s an increased workload, increased demands. I also think we look at the work-family interface, and I don’t think a lot of organizations are have adapted to the flexibility needed.

Probably for working parents we have aging parents that many have to take care of. All of that together really combines and contributes to burnout...

I think we’re seeing more and more stressors in the workplace. With job cuts, there’s an increased workload, increased demands. I also think we look at the work-family interface, and I don’t think a lot of organizations are have adapted to the flexibility needed.

Probably for working parents we have aging parents that many have to take care of. All of that together really combines and contributes to burnout. I think one one important area is that work-family interface so recognizing that we have a lot of demands outside of the workplace. Finding ways maybe organizations can work with individuals: “do we have to have 7:30 meetings?”, how conducive is that for a working parent that maybe needs to drop their children off at daycare; evening meetings, again; what about the activities outside the household. So, I think organizational leaders need to begin to find ways to have the workplace flexible and maybe find ways to alleviate some of the workload. But it all starts with that discussion with the supervisor. I think many times our supervisors are unaware of the demands that are upon ourselves.

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