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Work-Life Balance - January 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Other factors As noted, despite the challenges, most Outpatient Surgery readers are largely unaf- fected by the stress that's inherent in their jobs, and by the long hours they put in. Enthusiasm runs high, pro- vided they believe they're fairly compensated for what they do (which most do). How high? More than 80% of ASC readers say they either love or like their jobs, and 73% of hospital readers say the same. But in addition to work-life balance, a few other recurring themes drag down those who are less enthusiastic. For starters, feedback and recognition matter. OR managers want feedback as to how well they're doing their jobs, and when they don't get it, morale suffers. "I only hear about my performance once a year, at my annual evalu- ation," says a Mountain States clinical manager. "There's never even a 'good job' in between, even though our ASC has amazing patient satis- faction scores and employee engagement scores in the 75th per- centile." A Midwestern administrator tells us, "I have no performance evaluation, no thanks and no recognition." Fortunately, the majority of readers say the feedback, support and recognition they get is at least adequate. But again, the job-satisfac- tion numbers take a huge hit for those who feel as if they're doing 5 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS Becky Applebee, RN, ASC, is determined to enjoy life outside work, now that her schedule allows. She and her husband, Michael, are into "elaborate cooking," as well as traveling and gardening. Karen Veilleux, LPN Michael Applebee

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