Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Though burnout and trauma exposure have different causes and symptoms – and require different interventions and remedies – it’s well established that both are highly toxic to the wellbeing, resilience, and health of employees. Particularly concerning is that those “helpers” working in demanding environments – humanitarian aid workers, armed forces, and all types of emergency responders. Certainly, they suffer from ...
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Greenleaf, dog

What Do We Mean When We Say “Trauma”?

Imagine you and a friend are going down a sidewalk and a dog lunges at both of you. For you, the incident may be forgotten in a matter of minutes. Your friend, however, has heart palpitations and then he stays in a funk for an hour. Why is this? Read More ...
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Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Trauma. We encounter it just about everywhere we look these days. We absorb it through news stories of victims and from witnesses of violent plots, shootings, and cruelty. We feel it through natural disasters, poverty, and homelessness. You don’t have to be someone’s mother to ache with empathy and compassion for those suffering from such horrific experiences. For many, news ...
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9/11 Post-Traumatic Stress

Reflections on 9/11 and the Suffering of Our Helpers

Although it’s been two weeks since the anniversary and remembrances of 9/11, I find myself still reflecting on how it changed the lives of so many, including my own. The horrors of that day occurred only two months after I started my residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. For me, once I was able to see through my own ...
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teamwork and connectedness

Flatlined Connectedness: Reviving Healthcare Teams in a Disconnected Culture

In our first blog in the Connectedness Series, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks that the advancement of technology has on connectedness in the workplace especially as it impacts the healthcare arena. However, technology is impacting connectedness in many workplaces, which makes us ask, “What is unique about physicians?” The presenters I heard suggested that the medical training process itself ...
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Protecting our Helpers and Healers: A Conversation that’s Overdue

A recent article in the Washington Post, What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think (Sept 11, 2017) brought attention to the specter of workplace violence that nurses and other healthcare staff face on a daily basis. ...
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