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Strategies for Shaping Work Life to Prevent Burnout
January 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Michael P. Leiter, PhD
Michael Leiter & Associates
“The odds are high that burnout will strike every healthcare professional at some point. Health workers — as well as teachers, ministers and others in the caring professions — are at increased risk for the stress syndrome because of the intensity of their work and the emotional bonds they form with the people they’re helping, experts say.” Article: Battling Burnout in Healthcare
“The spike in reported burnout is directly attributable to loss of control over work, increased performance measurement (quality, cost, patient experience), the increasing complexity of medical care, the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), and profound inefficiencies in the practice environment, all of which have altered work flows and patient interactions.” 2017 HealthAffairs Blog
Preventing—or overcoming—burnout can sometimes be as simple as changing settings or employers, taking a vacation and truly unplugging, adopting a mindfulness practice, building a support system, or getting involved in an outside activity or hobby. The most important step, though, is being aware of the signs of burnout so you can properly address it.
This workshop considers job burnout as a breakdown in relationships people develop with their workplaces. A strong alignment of people and workplaces produces engagement while persistent mismatches lead to burnout. The areas of work life that have special importance in these relationships include:
- Manageable Workload
- Fairness, and
In addition to considering burnout as a consequence of persistent mismatches in relationships of people with workplaces, the workshop will address neighboring states of being overextended, disengaged, or ineffective at work.
The workshop explores strategies for addressing mismatches of people with their workplaces, including job crafting and strengthening collegial relationships. The workshop includes group work on developing action plans to address areas of work life of concern to participants.
Who should attend? Occupational therapists, other health care professionals, teachers, ministers – anyone in a “caring profession”.
Included: Refreshment breaks and a certificate of completion are provided. Lunch is on your own.