There is hope for you.
Just like for anyone else we highly recommend doctors deeply learn about stress and how to overcome it with our combat of wellness system. Although it may sound funny for us to educate doctors on stress or fight or flight, their mastery of it will be limited to it as a biological standpoint with less application to wellness, and each subset of our lives.
Doctors have been hit particularly hard, especially in recent times. Generally speaking, their suicide rate is twice that of the rest of the population at 40 per 100,000. The Washington Post has a great article HERE.
Not One More Vet Inc is a company that's 100% designed to be there for our struggling vets Nationwide. We could go on but you get the point.
A large part of their struggles is naturally from the stress of their patients lives in their hands.
With 'Covid anger' on the rise many clients will also project all of their own pain, venom and hatred at the very ones fighting to save their lives.
Yet possibly up to 80% of their stress is from completely unnecessary sources.
A large problem is directly due to illusionists who are unable to really produce much work, and so instead spend a majority of their time on illusions to make themselves appear more useful than they actually are, while also working to make the hard workers appear to be a bit of a liability. The crazy part is that they will actually usually convince the hard workers that there is something wrong with them, that they are negatively affecting the team, and once we believe something, we tend to become it. This isn't because they are evil or anything but because they simply were never trained on how to properly do their job. Part of the reason for that is a large percentage of managers in corporate America don't truly know what training is or is able to do.
According to a recent survey by careerbuilder.com, 58% of managers admitted they had zero training on how to manage. Zero. As far as the other 42% what 'training' they may have had has traditionally fallen on the side of 'leadership,' based more on the study of how to push people to get more done, then true team building, which is based on how to help people become more, resulting in their ability to produce more with less drama, liability, stress and burnout. A carrot and stick approach, or even more traditionally, just the stick. Versus simply giving the staff the training the need in order to better support doctors and carry their own weight.
For starters, managers should check out our crash course in management, as that's literally the main elements needed to increase profits and lower unnecessary costs to lawsuits, turn over, workers comp and so on. Because the truth is that doctors can be pushed to literal death without properly trained techs or nurses working under them, no workload limits, no pre-triage efforts to help ensure that patients they are seeing actually need their treatment and so on.
It turns out that the actions that best lead to profits also lead to better team morale. It's ok for corporations to be selfish. Just don't pull a 'Fukashima' and pinch pennies that costs you and the world countless riches more, or actual lives.
Another element that effects doctors, that's also a failure of management, is the need to protect the staff, beyond basic security. Every corporation should have clear policies for customers on types of behavior that are not allowed. The healthcare industry especially needs to improve here. Our country grew up being able to see every patient and person who walked in the door. But if a hospital is at capacity, then perhaps the person with a small splinter should be given a youtube instructional video instead. Or this may not be the best time for cosmetic surgeries. Or, in the oncology world, clients who have no ability or interest to fight, should not take up a consult slot that puts heavy paper requirements on the doctors for a patient that never had the intention to continue. In the healthcare world, simple videos should be made to help explain the basics of what their patients may have questions about. So that the clients "who just wanted to learn more" can self educate from a reliable source instead of using up valuable doctor time, or getting terrorized by 'doctor google.'
If you're not a university, you can literally kill your staff requiring them to try to fill an educational role with your clients. Of course explanations are normal and fine. But no doctor should ever see a percentage of clients who 'just wanted to talk.'
A strong case can be made that this small expense will save hundreds of thousands by greatly reducing stress levels of the staff which is known to reduce efficiency, lead to costly mistakes and so on.
Some work is needed to set up a business relationship with these companies, where clients are first greeted by a counselor of some type who acts as reception and informed enough to say "Yes, the hospital is preparing the room for you as we speak. This is normally a stressful thing to deal with, did you want to talk about it for a moment?" -Or something along those lines. Before they even talk to your front desk, who can also get overwhelmed from clients projected stress and then have a hard time appropriately scheduling patients and staff alike. "Doctor Blossom your patient is here!" "I'm in Hawaii."
Which brings us to the next point.
Doctors are not therapists.
The only reason someone goes through the hardships of college, undergrad and doctorate school is because they care about their clients. However, there needs to be a miniature buffer between clients emotions and them. There are many companies out there that charge only $20-50/hr and available on a dime. With a 26 caseload day the total talk time should be limited to around 2 hours for all patients so that management doesn't have an aneurism over the staggering $100 bill that literally saves their staff from a large area of stress and burn out.
Any doctors reading this would consider this $100 expenditure a dream that's forever out of reach.
My message to managers again is "At least be selfish for the right reasons"
Also, check out our controversial page on how to treat staff as we actually recommend treating them like machines, at least that would be a leg up in most companies. Especially since with machines we understand their function depends on other machines, and if they aren't going as fast as we like they will need some work (training) to be able to produce more without costing us a valuable machine.
For all the doctors and professionals out there, especially policemen, who think the world of wellness is too weak to make any difference in their lives, think again. No matter how intense, impossible, or challenging your profession is, give us a call or shoot us an email.
It's not your fault that you've been neglecting the check engine light of your wellness, until now it's just been hard to find terminals up to the task. And remember, according to the combat of wellness the more sophisticated the problem, the more sophisticated our response needs to be.
So stop trying singular wellness oriented actions for the intense challenges you face. Do them all. That may sound intimidating but it actually doesn't take that much time to do a brisk night routine to better sleep, a brisk morning routine to better start the day and casual wellness actions gently sprinkled out the day in a wellness first lifestyle.
We think can just just keep on pushing on with the world on our shoulders as our patience dies and the illusionists win out, as we helplessly watch our companies slowly die.
But better is possible. It just takes one step at a time like in our story of Mt. Everest.
Never give up, never surrender.
Hand in hand, we will make it together.