By creating spaces that allow medical professionals to work more efficiently and comfortably, they're better able to provide the high-touch, compassionate care that can improve patient outcomes. This positive environment can reduce work-related stress, improve job satisfaction, and help employers build a positive reputation that can attract and retain qualified staff.
Health care professionals are under increasing pressure to work more efficiently with fewer resources. This stressful situation can be made worse by physical discomforts in the workplace. The use of proper building and equipment insulations can help create a physical environment where the staff can perform comfortably and effectively. Among the productivity benefits of using JM building products are:
Lowering noise to improve staff comfort.Studies have shown that noisy environments contribute to the perception of increased work demands, stress and burnout.1 Not surprisingly, high noise levels can also increase the risk of errors when staff are performing critical tasks such as dispensing medical prescriptions, and can even interfere with patient healing and recovery. They can also put patient confidentiality at risk, as staffs are forced to speak more loudly to communicate vital health information. A quieter atmosphere can also create a more nurturing, healing environment for patients and staff alike.
Maintaining optimal temperatures for staff and patient comfort.Undoubtedly, health care workers find it more difficult to provide comfort to patients if they feel uncomfortable themselves. Workplace temperature has been shown to influence job performance of both physical and mental work, leading to reduced productivity and increased fatigue.2 This can also contribute to the staff's inability to concentrate fully on their work, leading to potential errors and miscommunications.
Health care staffs are particularly aware of environmental factors that compromise a health care environment. They are much more satisfied with their situation knowing that the building has been designed to intentionally:
Reduce formaldehyde and other VOCs to promote healthier indoor air quality.The quality of indoor air is regarded as one of the most important environmental health concerns of recent times. Numerous studies show clear evidence of indoor air quality's influence in the occurrence of communicable respiratory illness, allergy and asthma symptoms, building-related health symptoms (often called Sick-Building Syndrome) and worker performance.3 Limiting the use of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in building products is an important step in improving indoor air quality in the health care workplace. Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free™ fiber glass insulation is an ideal alternative to formaldehyde-bonded fiber glass insulation.
Control moisture to prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms.Mold can create problems in virtually any environment where there is moisture, and health care facilities are no exception. While it is impossible to eliminate all risk of mold in the environment, controlling moisture is the key to preventing it from becoming a dangerous problem. JM roofing and equipment insulation will help to minimize moisture build-up in areas where it is most likely to appear, such as near roofs or in HVAC systems.
The nationwide shortage of health care workers is approaching critical conditions. The average rate of turnover for all hospital positions is 16.8 percent.4 These factors make it essential that health care employers find every way possible to provide a safe, healthy and attractive workplace. Staff-focused design featuring building materials that can reduce stress, improve care, and offer a more comfortable working environment is a powerful tool in attracting and retaining qualified health care professionals.
2 Fisk, William J. (Aug. 2000). "Review of Health and Productivity Gains from Better IEQ." Environmental Energy Technologies Division: Indoor Environment Dept: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, pp. 2.
3 Fisk, William J. (Aug. 2000). "Review of Health and Productivity Gains from Better IEQ." Environmental Energy Technologies Division: Indoor Environment Dept: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,pp. 2.
4 Society for Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org)