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HCTW News: Employees who find meaning in their work are happier, study says

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 19, 2008

Looking to decrease absenteeism and increase job satisfaction? Remind your nurses why they entered the field, says a study from the University of Alberta in Canada. When employees can find meaning or purpose in their work, they are healthier, happier, and more productive, the study says.

Two groups of long-term care workers from two different Canadian facilities participated in the study. One group, with 24 employees, attended a one-day workshop followed by eight weekly follow up sessions. Participants were led in exercises that asked them to consider how they were making a difference in their work, how they were serving others, and whether they appreciated themselves and others, says the study, published recently in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. The second group was offered no support program.

Those who participated in the workshops showed a 23% increase in teamwork, a 10% jump in job satisfaction, and a 17% increase in workplace morale. Employer costs related to absenteeism dropped approximately $12,000 during the five months following the workshops.

Source: Science Daily

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