Monday, January 7, 2013

Your Absolute Best - #HealthcareHR

One the things I find fascinating about working in the healthcare industry is the significant disconnect between the high quality of care provided to patients, while simultaneously seeing the staff take very poor care of their own health. Little or no exercise, bad nutritional choices (you can't hide your "comfort food decisions") combined with a stressful workplace are...ahem... a recipe for disaster.

This isn't another post about the importance of eating well and exercising because they are both good for you. In fact, I need your help to understand a strange phenomenon:

"Why do we commit ourselves so completely to our work and then bail out on our best opportunity to have the energy to actually be our best on the job?"

The word diet has such a negative connotation I stopped using it 15 years ago. Simply stated, healthy food give you energy, makes you strong, and allows your brain to actually function. The key is to avoid making drastic changes all at once.

"Start slow, adjust, and by all means stop rewarding yourself with food - you are not a dog"

Exercising is one of the hardest transitions for most people. Why? Expectations of course, plus far too many people are horribly out of shape. Limit your expectations so you don't feel like a failure before you even get started. Your body needs time to adjust...give it time! This process is not a competition, so don't put pressure on yourself to suddenly get to some fictitious end point. There isn't one. Just as our work continues, so does our need to move a little each day.

One of the most effective ways to maintain your training routine is to connect with others. It is much easier if you have a friend or coworker who is also exercising. Keep in mind they do not need to be just need to connect with them!

Mental Health
Regardless of which role you play in the healthcare space you will undoubtedly feel stress in your work. Beyond the "normal" challenges of shrinking reimbursements, sourcing the right talent and managing a very diverse workforce comes something that separates us from just about everyone else.

In an industry where some of our customers are so sick or injured that they pass away, we can not afford to live by the tired old excuses of having no time or energy to take care of ourselves because we're too busy taking care of others. Not only is that lame, it has never been true.

How About You
No it's not easy, and no you're not going to enjoy it everyday. So what? If you put half the effort into yourself that you do for your company you'll be amazed at what you'll accomplish on the job. Don't your colleagues, your patients, and your team members deserve your absolute best?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. Quite true. A lot of health care workers do forget about their health, even a long island dietician said that to me. The stress that they go through with everyday work is enough to zap one's strength for one day.

    1. You're right Georgia...which is why I'm so passsionate about health and personal wellness!

  2. There are employees who are the victims of bullying because of their obesity. If healthy enough and financially able they can subscribe to a non invasive fat reduction program.

    1. Good point Lona...bullying has no place in any organization. Hopefully employees know HR is their resource to solve these problems.

  3. Most of the people think of a negative association with the word “diet.” They just think of diet that is only applicable for obese people, but diet just not only applies to them. According to my doctor, having a good diet will give the body good condition if you happen to buy cialis; the medicine will take effect immediately if you establish a good and a healthy body.

    1. Great point Louie. Diet really means taking care of the fuel you put in your body. Great stuff!

  4. I guess the mental stress put upon medical workers is a top factor here. Stress has always been a top cause of all sorts of health problems, anyway, so I guess that's putting a lot of pressure on practitioners.

  5. Yeah, I may have to agree with you, Louie; a lot of people would directly think that diet only works for obese people. Actually diet applies to all people; diet doesn’t only mean to cut those fats but also learning to eat the right kinds of foods and having a complete healthy meal a day.

  6. I agree, diet is a difficult word to work with, that is why many people tend to deal with the faster way: non-surgical treatments and medicines that would speed up their weight loss. Not all of these are ideal on our job description, better seek doctors' advice first.