Personal Growth Whoever developed the term constructive criticism was not familiar with the word oxymoron.Much as jumbo shrimp are still small in stature and a definite maybe still lacks certainty, there’s simply nothing constructive about criticism doled out to an employee. Yet, as the leader in your practice, it is imperative to evaluate employee performance and gain improvement in areas where they may be lacking. How do you do it? How do you evaluate in ways that truly provide feedback without crushing their spirit?
Comfort zones are like double-edged swords. While they feel great when you are in them, partly because everything is a relative known and there is a sense of stability, if you don’t step out of them every once in a while, you’ll fail to grow. Consequently, you won’t reach your maximum potential or get the opportunity to experience the excitement that living outside “the zone” has to offer. For some, the idea of stepping beyond an area of comfortability is anathema.
As much as we may wish to avoid it, there will be certain times when we will be unable to avoid confrontation, particularly in the workplace. Whether it involves an employee who is not performing up to standard, another DC in your group wanting to make changes to the practice with which you disagree or an insurance company refusing to pay out on claims in a timely fashion, workplace confrontations are inevitable. For years, the standard workplace management philosophy was that any confrontation was bad.
As a DC, particularly if you are working for yourself, coping with failure can have consequences beyond just feeling sorry for yourself. If your practice fails to grow by attracting new patients or, worse yet, is unable to retain your current ones, it’s not just a business failure. It can feel like a personal one because you have poured so much of yourself into your practice, to the point where it can be difficult to separate your personal life from your professional one.
As somebody who works in the helping profession, you know all too well the value of supporting your patients on their journey to wellness. This can often include recommending self-care techniques, such as meditation. However, you may find it difficult to take the advice you give your patients and incorporate these techniques into your own daily life.