Burnout-Proof Yourself With Negotiation

podcast Mar 04, 2021

Physician burnout is a huge topic in our industry. It’s compromising the health of doctors, driving attrition, and costing billions in lost productivity. A good career in medicine cannot be built with the fear of falling apart, and we need to protect ourselves. 

Most conversations about burnout are centered on what physicians should be doing to take care of their health, but there’s another approach. We can insulate ourselves from burnout in the negotiation process. Getting paid what we worth isn’t just about the salary piece, it’s also about our health. 

Whether we’re negotiating a contract for a new job, or renegotiating our contract, there are measures we can put in place to avoid burnout altogether. If we focus on the areas that lead to burnout, we can thrive in our jobs.

How can we deal with the areas that are contributing to the high rates of physician burnout? In this clip, I share how we can align our package negotiations with measures that prevent the health issues physicians are personally  facing. 


Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode

  • The biggest causes of burnout
    The biggest reasons for physician burnout are their environments, schedules, and a lack of autonomy, engagement and lines of communication. If we can include those factors in our negotiations, we can insulate ourselves from burnout.

  • Why engagement at work combats burnout
    Engagement at work is associated with feeling valued, secure, supported and respected. That cannot thrive in a high stress cutthroat environment which is what we have created in medicine.

  • How to use micro-negotiations to improve our current situation
    Micro-negotiations are the small changes and shifts we can make in between contract renewals. This is where we can discuss measures that can help us mitigate burnout, increase our job engagement, and thrive at work.



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