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Work-Life Integration. Julie Welch, MD Department of Emergency Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine IU Health - Methodist Hospital EMTC jlwelch@iupui.edu. Why does it matter? Defining “Work-Life” Developing your Work-Life Integration Strategy Tips and Tools.

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work life integration

Work-Life Integration

Julie Welch, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine

IU Health - Methodist Hospital EMTC

jlwelch@iupui.edu

work life integration1

Why does it matter?

  • Defining “Work-Life”
  • Developing your Work-Life Integration Strategy
  • Tips and Tools
Work-Life Integration

Outline:

work life balance integration
Work-Life “Balance” & “Integration”

“Balance”

“Integration”

Feeling derived from being whole and complete

Avoid viewing it as a scale of taking from one to give to another

Creating harmony in your life

Cultivating the areas of your life that are truly important

Mixture of…

why does it matter
Why does it matter?
  • Workplace culture is changing
  • Major recruitment and retention issue
  • Research: Work Life Balance is a Priority
why does it matter1
Why does it matter?
  • Workplace culture is changing
    • Gender divide is narrowing : workforce 50% women
    • More dual-career couples
      • Shared child/family care responsibilities
    • Generational issue no longer
      • Early career physicians want predictability
      • Phased retirement
why does it matter2
Why does it matter?
  • Workplace culture is changing
  • Major recruitment and retention issue
    • Flexibility is #1 issue to keep good talent
      • Schedules
      • Work Life Policies (Family leave, childcare, elder care, benefits…)
why does it matter3
Why does it matter?
  • Workplace culture is changing
  • Major recruitment and retention issue
  • Work Life Balance is a priority
    • Theme of needs assessments of students, residents, faculty
do physicians succeed at work life balance
Do physicians succeed at work-life balance?
  • Failure of work life integration leads to: STRESS
    • Spillover
    • Crossover
  • Physicians are at higher risk of:
    • Divorce
    • Substance abuse
    • Depression/ Anxiety
    • Domestic Violence
career life satisfaction 3 studies of 8 094 physicians total
Career/ Life Satisfaction (3 studies of 8,094 physicians total)

Career Satisfaction: 79%

Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: 37-48%

career life satisfaction 3 studies of 8 094 physicians total1
Career/ Life Satisfaction (3 studies of 8,094 physicians total)

Career Satisfaction: 79%

Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: 37-48%

Factors that were NOT strong predictors of career satisfaction, work-life balance, or burnout:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Specialty
career life satisfaction 3 studies of 8 094 physicians total2
Career/ Life Satisfaction (3 studies of 8,094 physicians total)

Career Satisfaction: 79%

Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: 37-48%

  • + predictors:
    • Income
    • Academic career
  • - predictors:
    • Working > 50hr/wk
    • Full owner practice
    • Reliance on managed care
    • Uncontrollable lifestyle
career life satisfaction 3 studies of 8 094 physicians total3
Career/ Life Satisfaction (3 studies of 8,094 physicians total)

Career Satisfaction: 79%

Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: 37-48%

  • + predictors:
    • Control over schedule
    • Working part time <40 hr/wk
    • Married, partnered
    • Having children
  • - predictors:
    • Working full time >40 hrs/wk
    • Divorced/separated
career life satisfaction 3 studies of 8 094 physicians total4
Career/ Life Satisfaction (3 studies of 8,094 physicians total)

Career Satisfaction: 79%

Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: 37-48%

  • + predictors:
    • Income
    • Academic career
  • - predictors:
    • Working > 50hr/wk
    • Full owner practice
    • Reliance on managed care
    • Uncontrollable lifestyle
  • + predictors:
    • Control over schedule
    • Working part time <40 hr/wk
    • Married, partnered
    • Having children
  • - predictors:
    • Working full time >40 hrs/wk
    • Divorced/separated
what does work life mean to you
What does “Work-Life” mean to you?

“WORK”

  • Career Activities
  • Consider areas of:
    • Patient care
    • Education
    • Research
    • Service

“LIFE”

  • Relationships
  • Personal well being
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Spiritual
    • Hobbies/ Passions
work my emergency medicine career
WORK: My Emergency Medicine Career
  • EM physician level one trauma center
  • Academic faculty at a medical school
    • Primary patient care
    • Educate
    • Scholarship
    • Service
    • Mentor
  • Fellowship
    • Dean’s Office of Faculty Development
work my emergency medicine career1
WORK: My Emergency Medicine Career
  • Other EM opportunities during my career:
life my other career
LIFE: My Other “Career”
  • Relationships
    • Dual physician marriage (to an EM physician)
    • Mother of 2 busy boys
    • Sister, aunt, and daughter
    • Network of friends, mentors, mentees
  • Personal well being
    • musician, exercise, travel, cooking, church
understand what motivates you
Understand what motivates you?

3 elements:

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose
develop your own plan

Individual Development Plan

&

Work-Life Integration Strategy

Tools for Planning, Inspiring, and Integrating your

Professional & Personal Goals

Develop your own plan:
idp work life integration strategy

Complete annually

  • “SMART” (assess viability)
  • Share with mentor/ spouse
  • Reflect on advice
  • Actively implement
  • Follow progress and revise
IDP &Work-Life Integration Strategy
planning worksheet exercise

“Opportunity is Knocking”

Tool to objectively

evaluate a new opportunity

Planning worksheet exercise:
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Work Life Integration

Tips

work life integration tips
Work-Life Integration Tips
  • Focus on your values and priorities.
    • Make an Individual Development Plan
    • Set and know your limits and boundaries
    • With a new opportunity – don’t say “yes” immediately
    • Protect your time
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Work-Life Integration Tips

2. Hone your time management skills.

  • Find your time wasters
  • Utilize all available time (listen to audio CME on drive)
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Work-Life Integration Tips

3. Get ORGANIZED!

  • Keep a “TO DO” list, Prioritize, Retrograde plan
  • Email Strategy
    • Empty inbox (4 D’s – do, delegate, delete, decision)
    • Schedule time vs on-the-go phone/ipad(limit 2-3x day)
    • Turn off interrupting dings
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Work-Life Integration Tips

4. Find a “usable” calendar system.

  • Easy, sharable, real-time, integrative
    • Share it with family and caregivers
  • Plan your vacations/ personal/ family time in advance
    • Schedule time for yourself (exercise, spa, writing)
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Work-Life Integration Tips

5. Establish a mentor network.

  • At work
    • Career guidance, advice, sponsorship, skill acquisition
  • At home
    • make friends with other families in your neighborhood.
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Work-Life Integration Tips

6. Double Dip.

  • With every project, find a second goal it could satisfy.
  • Turn a lecture or program into scholarship
  • Combine the activities you love with your family/friends.
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Work-Life Integration Tips
  • Know the Work-Life Policies of your

employer.

    • Family Leave policies
    • Part-time policies / flexibility in scheduling
    • Childcare options (on-site, back-up sick care)
    • Academic center – promotion and tenure clocks
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Work-Life Integration Tips
  • Cultivate relationships with family and

friends.

    • Family time, date-night, & “no electronic” times
    • With your partner : communication is the key!
    • Be accountable to someone in your life (mentor, spouse, friend)
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Work-Life Integration Tips

9. Invest in Family/Home Responsibilities.

  • Foster teamwork – coordinate/ delegate activities and chores.
  • Find reliable childcare and have backup.
  • “Hire it done!” (house cleaning, yard work, food delivery)
  • Keep numbers for home/car repairs accessible.
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Work-Life Integration Tips
  • Build Healthy Personal Habits.

(physical, mental, spiritual well-being)

    • Exercise, eat healthy, sleeping habits
    • Read, relax, hobby, music
    • Let go of guilt & maintain a sense of humor!
questions
Questions:

jlwelch@iupui.edu