What Factors Are Associated With Occupational Health Office Staffing, Job Stress, and Job Satisfaction?

Objective: This study sought to identify factors associated with occupational health staffing in health care settings, provide benchmarking data, and investigate relationships between staffing and worker stress and satisfaction.
Methods: Members of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare were sent an online survey. Data on facility served, staffing, job attitudes, and work stress were collected and analyzed.
Results: Number and types of personnel served were the largest predictors of staffing, accounting for 38 and 41% of the variability seen, respectively. Number of personnel served was related to worker stress and lack of work/life balance.
Conclusion: Offices that required a provider presence had roughly one provider, seven nurses, and three clerical staff per 8000 personnel served. Occupational health workers are generally highly satisfied, and staffing has little relation to sources of job stress and satisfaction.

Source: Moses, X.J. Ethan; Walters, Kevin M.; Fisher, Gwenith G. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: June 2016, Volume 58, Issue 6, p. 567-574.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000741

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