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How to Deal with Stressful Work Relationships

Aug 28, 2015

Hospital Job Stress In a busy hospital environment, the last thing you need is a team member, supervisor, doctor, etc. with whom you cannot get along. When you’re spending anywhere from eight hours or more with your co-workers, these people will have a significant impact on your daily life. Stressful work relationships not only cause drama in the workplace, but also outside of the hospital. Nurses, in particular, don’t want a quarrel or miscommunication with coworkers to hinder them from taking care of patients. However, when mixing different generations, cultures, and personalities in the workplace, disagreements can occur. It’s important to know what to do when this happens and how to properly deal with workplace disputes. To create a work environment that is based on open communication and respect, follow these effective tips and tricks on how to maintain strong work relationships:

  1. Respect others.
Respect will get you far – in life and in the workplace. Without respect for your colleagues, there won’t be good communication or strong work relationships. Understand that all people are different, and they will have different thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Even if you disagree, treat them with respect, and you will often find that the respect will be reciprocated.
  1. Keep a positive attitude.
This one is important for any workplace atmosphere. Your attitude will rub off on others, whether you think it will or not. If you show up to work, day in and day out, with a positive, upbeat attitude, not only will you perform better, but colleagues will be more willing to work with someone like you who is happy. Plus, when you spend hours around someone, your attitude will rub off on them and vice versa.
  1. Avoid gossiping.
This should go without saying; however, it still happens. Avoid gossiping at all costs. You may think that gossiping with your work friends is harmless, but there are dire consequences. Not only will it alienate you among other coworkers, but it can also make you look bad. If you are having a conflict with a coworker, go to them directly. Talk it out between the two of you. Gossiping to others about a problem is just bad taste.
  1. Participate in company outings.
If your company has outings or parties, you shouldn’t automatically avoid them. This is a chance to get to know your workmates outside of the hospital and show them your enthusiasm about team bonding. Avoiding a get-together could also put you in a bad light. Unless you have a legitimate reason for not going, show up and strive to spend at least an hour or two among your colleagues.
  1. Resolve conflicts.
When dealing with a negative conflict, make sure to try your hardest to resolve it early. Letting it develop will only make it worse, and may allow room for gossiping coworkers to affect the outcome. When you set out to resolve conflicts, don’t raise your voice or get in your teammate’s face. Respect her/his opinion and let them share their side of the conflict.
  1. Help each other.
If you notice a coworker having a hard time, lend them a hand! Your supervisors will appreciate you taking time out to explain or show your colleagues something, and it will help maintain a strong relationship with your teammates.
  1. Practice responsible social media updates.
The good side: you are able to stay in touch and updated on workmates’ lives this way. Also, interaction on social media builds communication skills. The bad side: it is easier to gossip and spread hurtful things. Avoid this, and exercise good social media practices.
  1. Do your job.
While helping a workmate when they need it will surely put you in their good graces, not completing your own tasks is a quick way to get on their bad side. Never leave your job undone or for someone else to pick up. This is just unacceptable work behavior. If you need help with a task, speak up! Someone will be willing to help you, especially if you take the time to help others.
  1. Be on time.
This should be an absolute no-brainer! You should always be on time, if not early, to work. This helps ease shift change and productivity. It also shows your coworkers you are dependable and serious about the wellbeing of everyone else. The quickest way to get on a teammate’s bad side is to have them stay late just because you couldn’t show up to work on time. Arriving early and on time shows that you respect your coworker’s time and demonstrates that you can abide by the rules.

Mental Healthcare Jobs and What They Mean

Aug 25, 2015

Mental Health Professions We’ve already told you why a career in healthcare is a smart move, but if you are unsure of what part of the industry to work in, consider the mental-health side of healthcare. This side of the healthcare industry has many positions that are fulfilling, and it is rapidly growing. Before narrowing down your choices, you need to consider the type of environment in which you want to work, and the services each field provides.

How to Maintain Healthy Habits for Nurses on Shifts

Aug 20, 2015

Healthy Eating Habits for Nurses   Nurses who work shifts know all too well that it’s hard to eat regularly during your action-packed 12-hour days. Patients need you, sometimes the hospital may be short staffed, and you rarely get more than five minutes alone to sit down and eat. On top of this, if you work alternating shifts, it’s hard to keep a regular schedule for your eating habits.

Baby Boomers and Millennials in the Workplace

Aug 18, 2015

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How to Stand Out When Applying for a Medical Job

Aug 14, 2015

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Tricks to Creating a Solid Medical Resume

Aug 11, 2015

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Why the Future of Medicine Is So Positive

Aug 5, 2015

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The Best High Growth Medical Jobs for the Future

Aug 3, 2015

medical-563427_1280 If you're considering a career in medicine, but you aren't sure what career would be the most secure or the most lucrative, it's helpful to take a look at good future prospects. There are some careers with excellent growth potential over the next decade or two. Learning about these careers gives you a good starting point for your education and helps with understanding what type of training is the most worthwhile.

Healthcare's Electronic Revolution

Jul 31, 2015

medical-781422_1280   The electronic revolution has brought a great deal of advances to our world, and the healthcare industry is not immune to its possibilities. One of the most interesting developments has come in the form of apps. These special programs offer unique and helpful ways to help healthcare professionals achieve their own goals while advancing the care of patients.

How to Give Criticism Effectively

Jul 29, 2015

  While it is generally a good rule not to criticize, there are several ways in which criticism can be given effectively. Some of these methods include saying something positive before leveling the criticism, addressing errors indirectly, being willing to discuss your own shortcomings, making suggestions that allow people to maintain their dignity, and talking positively about people to give them a positive reputation to live up to. When you notice improvement, be quick to praise them in order to encourage continued improvement. These strategies increase the odds of criticism having a positive effect rather than being devastating.