Along with nurses, physician burnout is a growing problem. The Mayo Clinic offers these nine inexpensive strategies to improve physician engagement and reduce burnout:
- Admit there is a problem and then assess it.
- Identify physician leaders: Look for physicians who have the ability to listen, engage, develop and lead physicians, then train them.
- Develop interventions to prevent burnout: Identify departments that have high burnout rates. Work with staff to discuss the problems and how the organization can make changes to help improve satisfaction.
- Encourage peer support: Mayo has dedicated meeting areas stocked with fruit and beverages where physicians can gather. They have small group meetings to help them discuss the ups and downs of practicing medicine.
- Offer incentives: Consider salaried compensation models or rewards that offer greater flexibility and time for physicians to pursue aspects of work most meaningful to them.
- Make sure the hospital’s culture will achieve its overall mission: Survey physicians to evaluate how well the organization meets its values.
- Encourage work-life balance: Many doctors work more than 60 hours per week, making it difficult to have a personal life. Offering flexible work schedules, starting earlier or later certain days of the week helps.
- Give doctors resources for self-care: Give physicians the necessary resources to promote resilience. These tools must address work-life integration, fitness, sleep, diet, relationships and hobbies.
- Support evidence-based strategies that promote physician engagement and reduce burnout.