Negotiating Work-Life Integration

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10623 September 5, 2017 13

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Abstract

Introduction: Integrating work and home domains is a constant challenge for medical professionals. Only half of physicians report positive work-life satisfaction, implying that negotiating the inherent conflicts between work and home may not be intuitive. Early teaching of skills focused on professional sustainability may best prepare physicians to navigate conflicts between work and home domains. Methods: This interactive workshop targets trainees and junior faculty. It aims to highlight the current state of physician career satisfaction, to bring awareness to the risk of physician burnout, and to apply strategies that promote work-life integration as a lifelong practice for sustained career satisfaction. It includes a detailed presentation with structured resources to reinforce skill development. Results: This workshop was delivered five times to trainees and junior faculty. Workshop evaluations (n = 50) revealed that all participants believed the information presented was useful, addressed competencies relevant to their training, and increased their knowledge about how to create better work-life integration; all anticipated improvement in their professional work. They all recommended this program to a colleague. Discussion: This workshop offers an effective way to teach a skill set that enhances physicians’ abilities to negotiate conflicting work and life domain boundaries. Our results indicate that learners intend to apply newly acquired strategies for work-life integration so as to improve career satisfaction and wellness. Such skill sets may mitigate physician burnout and promote career sustainability, both critical issues with far-reaching implications for the delivery of safe, high-quality health care at the provider and system levels.

Citation

Pitre C, Ladd L, Welch J. Negotiating work-life integration. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2017;13:10623. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10623

Educational Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of work-life satisfaction on a career in medicine, including career sustainability and physician burnout.
  2. Discuss the central importance of aligning personal values and prioritized goals in work-life integration.
  3. Apply methods to negotiate boundaries around work and life domains.
  4. Compare strategies for improving work-life integration.
  5. Recognize the value of communicating goals within a personal network.
  6. Conceptualize work-life integration as a lifelong practice rather than a goal.

Keywords

  • Well-Being, Mentoring, Resident Education, Faculty Development, Professional Sustainability, Career Satisfaction, Work-Life Integration

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