How to manage stress and get back on track
Healthcare supply chain professionals may be under pressure to find a way to keep patients in the workforce during the financial crisis, but they’re unlikely to do so for long.
“I’m a huge supporter of having a well-balanced workforce, but I’m also a huge proponent of having the best health care system in the world,” said Lisa D’Agostino, a health career connection manager at an Illinois-based company that specializes in health care supply chain support.
“We are seeing a lot of staff retire.
We are also seeing some of the best people leave the business.
We need to be really vigilant in terms of keeping our people in the workplace.
We have to be on top of it.”
In the United States, there are an estimated 11.7 million people in their 40s and 50s, and the workforce is expected to grow by about a million workers per year, according to the Department of Labor.
The average age of a workforce member is now 36.5 years, but the number of people aged 65 and older is expected reach an all-time high of 35.5 million in 2020, according the Department.
The number of adults aged 65 or older has nearly tripled over the past decade, to 3.9 million, according Census Bureau figures.
The numbers are higher than the overall U.S. population, with more than 11 million Americans aged 65 plus, according a 2012 analysis by the Pew Research Center.
That number is expected grow to nearly 12 million in 2023.
But some experts are questioning the value of a job that can often entail a high-pressure environment.
“What if you had to leave work early to have a heart attack?
What if you didn’t have any medical coverage and you had an accident?
What are you going to do with that time?
And how are you ever going to get back to work?
It’s a very tough situation,” said Daniel Levenson, a professor of health care administration at the University of Florida who specializes in workforce health.”
We’ve seen people retire and leave their jobs when their job is really, really hard.
There are so many people out there that have to put up with that.”
To find out what to do, health career connections and other professionals in the supply chain can take a look at a variety of options, such as getting a job in an alternative industry, setting up a freelance business or working from home.
“If you are a senior or someone in their 70s and 80s and you don’t have health insurance and you need to work for a living, you may find that you’re really good at something.
You’re really a good negotiator.
You know your stuff,” said D’Abostino.
But for many older people, having to work longer hours isn’t something they’d consider.
“There are lots of people who have been in the business for 40 years and they’re not going to retire,” said Levensson.
“I know a lot who haven’t.
We’re seeing them retire because their income is so low.”
Healthcare supply-chain professionals in Illinois are increasingly looking to new sectors, including finance, health insurance, health technology and information technology, for ways to maintain employment.
But the challenge for them is how to manage and manage the stress and worry that come along with the transition.
“As a senior, you’re going to need to have some time off from your job,” said Michael Josten, a career connection coordinator at a Illinois-owned medical supply chain company that provides a range of healthcare support.
“In terms of getting the kids back in the house, you have to make sure they are in school, that you have them at home and in your care,” he said.
“So you have a really hard time making the transition.”
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