June 4, 2019 -- Happy Summer everyone! And summer couldn’t come at a better time. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO)
brought attention to the topic of “burnout” by updating the definition of it in
the new ICD-11 which will go into effect in 2022. The new ICD-11 handbook will define burnout as
a syndrome specifically tied to chronic workplace stress.
Some folks say they deal with workplace stress by getting
outside, which summer brings plenty of opportunity to do - hiking, fishing,
golfing, etc… Others see summer as a time to travel and take a vacation to
relax. Personally, I love to travel and
summer is definitely a time of travel for my family. I find that the days away
from the office, whether visiting extended family, or relaxing by a pool, or
exploring a new city and meeting new people help me digest everything going on
at work and reflect on the big picture.
As healthcare leaders, it’s important that we take care of
ourselves to best address burnout in our teams and organizations. Just like on
an airplane - put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.
So I’m curious… what helps you avoid burnout
personally? And does finding ways to cope
with work stress actually prevent burnout? Or if burnout is a result of chronic
workplace stress, perhaps finding ways to relax outside of work doesn’t
actually solve the problem? I’m curious
what you think. Shoot me an email and let me know! Amanda.email@example.com
Amanda Choudhary, FACHE
Regent for Utah