Work Life Balance and the Veterinarian: Fact or Fiction?

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Work Life Balance and the Veterinarian: Fact or Fiction?

  1. 1. Work-Life Balance and the Veterinarian Jeleen Briscoe,VMD’02, DABVP (Avian) Professional Foundations 2012 USDA APHIS Animal Care Emergency Programs Johanna.Briscoe@aphis.usda.gov Fact or Fiction?
  2. 2. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  3. 3. Fast Forward 20 Years
  4. 4. 82% Heath 2007
  5. 5. 23% Heath 2007
  6. 6. 13% Heath 2007 (50% get remarried)
  7. 7. Heath 2007
  8. 8. 61% Heath 2007
  9. 9. 67% 37% F u l l T i m e E m p l o y e e sHeath 2007
  10. 10. + $30,000 Heath 2007
  11. 11. “In general my career has lived up to my expectations” 69% 88% Heath 2007 p<0.05
  12. 12. “My veterinary career causes me a significant amount of stress” 54% Heath 2007 56%
  13. 13. “The future holds good prospects for veterinarians” 51% Heath 2007 65%
  14. 14. “If I had to do it over again, I would definitely become a vet” 53% Heath 2007 52%
  15. 15. “It is hard for me to balance my personal life with my career” Heath 2007 62% 69%
  16. 16. 67% in practice Burnout Scale 3+out of 7 LeAVING PRACTICE work-family conflicts stress Elkins 1992, Foster 2000
  17. 17. Dept Clin Studies--Phila 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Full Professors A ssociate Professors A ssistant Professors Staff Vets Lecturers R esidents Fellow s Interns R esearch Male Female Dept of ClinStudies--NBC 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Full Professors Associate Professors Assistant Professors Staff Vets Lecturers Residents Fellows Interns Male Female AcademicPipeline
  18. 18. V2010 V2002 Work 60% 13% Family 7% 53% Animal 13% 0% OtheR 20% 33%
  19. 19. MilleNnialGeneration Most educated in history Highest unemployment in 40 years 50 million 4/10 Feel forced to take a job they’re unhappy with 47% changed life plans due to the economy
  20. 20. Work Life Balance Work STRESS LEVEL JOB Security Pressure to work LONG HOURSresources to do job personal health GFK Custom Research North America 2011
  21. 21. summary: what do we know? 20% quit veterinary medicine Most are in a relationship Men earn more Men more likely to stay full time Men > women: career choice lived up to dreams Work IS important to you you worry about work stress & work life balance
  22. 22. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  23. 23. veterinarian’sreality
  24. 24. the myth Two separate lives you control both work life balance
  25. 25. “excellent work-life balance” >9 hour work day with job Kelly 2011 Satisfaction
  26. 26. real sustainable you control it Satisfaction desirable
  27. 27. Work Life Balance: mythical Satisfaction: attainable summary: what do we know?
  28. 28. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  29. 29. Love & Hate trapped 1 year Satisfaction
  30. 30. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  31. 31. Be the best version of yourself theStrategiclife
  32. 32. enjoy coworkers Feel respected feel they’re making a contribution feel challenges match abilities Know WHY they go to work everyday
  33. 33. theStrategicelife organize the energy in your life
  34. 34. Assess what’s important theStrategiclife
  35. 35. theStrategiclife prioritize what’s important
  36. 36. theStrategiclife develop core habits around energy
  37. 37. theStrategiclife review
  38. 38. Resources • Elkins AD, Kearney M. Professional burnout among female veterinarians in the US. JAVMA;200:604-608. • Foster SW, McMurray JE, Linzer M, et al. Results of a gender-climate and work-environment survey at a midwestern academic health center.Acad med: JAAMC 2000;75:653-660. • GFK Custom Research North America.A disengaged generation: young workers disengaged by pressures of work worldwide. PR Newswire 2011. • Heath TJ. Longitudinal study of veterinary students and veterinarians: family and gender issues after 20 years.AustVet J 2007, 85(7): 290-295. • Kelly M. Off Balance: getting beyond the work-life balance myth to personal and professional satisfaction. 2011: Hudson Street Press. Floydconsulting.com
  39. 39. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  40. 40. Myers Briggs
  41. 41. P E R C E I V ESenses Intuition D e c i d elogic feeling
  42. 42. E IPersonal Energy S NInformation FTDecisions J POrganization
  43. 43. Rock 2009
  44. 44. Rock2009
  45. 45. Rock2009
  46. 46. Status Certainty Autonomy Relatedness Fairness AWAY Threat Response TOWARD Reward Response Rock 2009
  47. 47. summary: what do we know? our personality types are where we work most comfortably Approach people with the brain in mind scarf model may help you from being derailed by the amygdala kick
  48. 48. RoadMapforThisEvening Veterinarians Work Life Balance? YOU Strategy Stress YOU...Again
  49. 49. stress fear anxiety Tachycardia BP RR muscle tension
  50. 50. Mind heart body
  51. 51. Time Out breathe through the heart Positive feeling
  52. 52. Take home points being a veterinarian is a journey, not a destination seek satisfaction, not work- life balance living requires strategy and reflection know yourself, respect others breathe through your heart

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