Job and family demands and burnout among healthcare workers: The moderating role of workplace flexibility

Dale Dagar Maglalang, Glorian Sorensen, Karen Hopcia, Dean M. Hashimoto, Carina Katigbak, Shanta Pandey, David Takeuchi, Erika L. Sabbath

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Burnout is a growing problem among healthcare workers. Whereas there are numerous predictors of burnout, this article explores the compounding effects of job and family demands among nurses and Patient Care Associates (PCA). This study used the 2018 survey data of the Boston Hospital Health Workers Study (BHWHS) to assess the relationship of job and family demands, workplace flexibility, and burnout (N = 874). In addition, it aimed to evaluate the moderating effect of workplace flexibility and job and family demands on burnout. Results of the study demonstrate that active and high strained healthcare workers are associated with higher odds of experiencing burnout as well as workers who reported perceived low workplace flexibility. In addition, workplace flexibility is associated with reduced odds of experiencing burnout. Workplace flexibility moderated the relationship of childless married healthcare workers and burnout. The study shows that workplace flexibility plays a critical role in potentially reducing odds of burnout in the healthcare worker population. Assessing the perception and accessibility to workplace flexibility among workers is imperative to improve worker well-being and the quality of care provided to patients especially the current effects to worker's health during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100802
JournalSSM - Population Health
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Burnout
  • Family demands
  • Job demands
  • Nurses
  • Patient care associate
  • Workplace flexibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Job and family demands and burnout among healthcare workers: The moderating role of workplace flexibility'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this