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  • Date
    2006-11-22
  • Title
    When Staff is Underpaid: Dealing With the Individual Coping Strategies of Health Personnel
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    World Health Organization- Bulletin of the World Health Organization
  • Year
    2002
  • Author
    Van Lerberghe W, Conceicao, C ,Van Damme W and Ferrinho P
  • Description
    [Excerpt from authors] Health sector workers respond to inadequate salaries and working conditions by developing various individual ''coping strategies''-some, but not all, of which are of a predatory nature. The paper reviews what is known about these practices and their potential consequences (competition for time, brain drain and conflicts of interest). By and large, governments have rarely been proactive in dealing with such problems, mainly because of their reluctance to address the issue openly. The effectiveness of many of these piecemeal reactions, particularly attempts to prohibit personnel from developing individual coping strategies, has been disappointing. The paper argues that a more proactive approach is required. Governments will need to recognize the dimension of the phenomenon and systematically assess the consequences of policy initiatives on the situation and behaviour of the individuals that make up their workforce.
  • Categories
    Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    Salary and wage; Job satisfaction; Career mobility; motivation; incentives
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