The workplace is a melting point of people from different backgrounds, cultures and communities. Conflicts and differences of opinion are bound to occur. Add to that deadlines, work pressures and responsibilities and you get an entire workplace drama. Newspapers frequently enumerate stories of employees going over the edge and shooting their colleagues or destroying company…

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Anyone who lives with an abusive partner knows how difficult it is to make it through the night. Anyone who works under a sullen boss knows how tough it is to make it through the day. Anger can shatter homes and destroy lives.   Remember the student who picked up his gun and took shots…

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Dedication, commitment, investment…hard work and vision.  These are the givens.  The personality characteristics that help those seeking a career in medicine succeed, however, can also be the very same characteristics that can eventually undermine the practitioner’s workplace effectiveness and personal well-being.  Most will enter training with an altruistic desire and vision to be of service,…

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Many physicians work in a demanding professional climate fraught with long hours, rapidly paced schedules and, most often, an overwhelming clinical responsibility.  As a backdrop to these daily rigors, the onus of legal liability along with professional isolation, will, over the long haul, exponentially compound the emotional toll of a medical practice. While these are…

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Passivity and passive aggression in medical practice may actually be one and the same.  A passive physician can be disruptive to effective patient care and the performance of the work team.  An ‘absent’ physician can also greatly increase the risk of error and adverse incidents.  Passive behaviors such as not communicating pertinent clinical information through…

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