REBUILDING A RESILIENT CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE
- Identify What You Can Control
In the healthcare field, knowing what you can control and what you cannot will help you to eliminate worry about unnecessary challenges and help you focus on the important challenges. Focusing on what we can’t control makes us less effective and potentially leads to the outcomes we fear the most. The more time and energy we’re spending on the things we can’t control, the less time and energy we’re spending on the ways in which we can make a difference.
- Build Self-Confidence
In healthcare it is easy to lose self-confidence especially when you’re comparing yourself to your fellow colleagues. Seeing your colleagues get a promotion, or get praise for something you’re striving to accomplish can set you back. It is important in building self confidence to not compare yourself to others and to focus on yourself. It is crucial in building self-confidence to celebrate all of your successes even if you see them as minor and focus less on the failures.
- Develop Strong Relationships
Developing strong relationships in our professional and personal lives are important in building a resilient culture in healthcare. Professional relationships in healthcare not only includes relationships with colleagues but also patients. Building authentic relationships leads to loyalty and trust which helps maintain a healthy work environment.
- Practice Self-Compassion
Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. The impact of the pandemic, especially on healthcare workers has challenged us greatly. Taking time for personal care such as doing our favorite hobbies, exercising, and going on walks can help us greatly.
- Celebrate Wins, Big and Small
During times of crisis or uncertainty, victories may be few between. Begin now to cultivate a culture of celebration that recognizes small victories, whether they are achieved by yourself, another coworker, a team, or an organization. Take the time to appreciate accomplishments. When things get tough, gratitude and celebration may be just what we need.