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This Thanksgiving: Combating burnout through gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to let you know how thankful we are for our partnership with you. This time of year is one of reflection and gratitude, and during the holiday season, we are often grateful for our good health. However, it is important that we also show gratitude for those who keep us healthy, and recognize that at times, they too may experience health problems—one of the most prominent being physician burnout.

In recent years, national trends show that burnout is on a steady incline, with one in three physicians experiencing burnout at any given time. Burnout puts your organization at risk for lower satisfaction and quality of care, higher rates of medical errors and malpractice, higher physician and staff turnover, and more. In our results-driven era, which rewards working long hours and taking less time off, the high-stress nature of the healthcare industry, its lack of work-life balance, the surplus of non-clinical obligations, and a sense of powerlessness in one’s role are all leading causes of burnout.

By practicing gratitude, you can fight the detrimental effects of burnout. Remember to let your staff know you appreciate them and how hard they work, and encourage them to combat burnout by taking some time for themselves this holiday season, so they can return refreshed and reinvigorated.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this season, let the people in your life know how much they mean to you. A few simple words of gratitude and compassion can go a long way. And finally, take a moment to think back on all your blessings and victories in the past year. Give yourself credit for all you’ve done for your organization and your patients, and enjoy some well-deserved time off—you earned it!

Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication as we strive together toward greater human understanding.

From your friends at NRC Health, happy Thanksgiving!

To learn more about the causes and implications of burnout and how you can remedy it, click here.