Have you ever been so stressed out at a job that it affected every single part of your life including your family, hobbies, relationships, and overall quality of life? Negative stress at work is a form of trauma. Now, imagine that trauma happening for years. This is a reality for many employees working at public health offices across the county.
The collective stress and ongoing secondary trauma of the pandemic led to an increased rate of staff turnover at local, state, and national public health departments.
Secondary trauma often affects caregivers and health workers when they work with another person who is experiencing trauma. This deep connection can lead to emotional, physical, and psychological stress and burnout in the caregiver.
There are several solutions for helping to overcome the secondary trauma brought about by the pandemic. One solution to help reduce the strain on public health employees is for departments to provide training and resources to build resilience and strength in these trying times. These measures, in turn, help individuals feel supported and can lead to a reduction in turnover, reduced sick leave use, and can even increase worker engagement.
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