You’ll get by with a little help from your friends! This statement is as true in everyday life – and in an Emergency Department – as when sung by musical superstars! Developing and maintaining supportive relationships with those at home and at work enhances social wellness.
Three take-home messages:
- Healthcare is a team sport. Maintaining strong personal and professional relationships are vital contributors to wellness and career-sustainability in Emergency Medicine (EM). The nature of EM is that the fast-paced, high-demand, high-stakes environment puts pressure on interpersonal interactions, whether within the Emergency Department or between EM workers and inpatient or outpatient colleagues.
- Interpersonal dynamics, interactions and relationship are determined by individual and team/department factors. The latter are often referred to as “the culture” of a workplace – how things are done around here.
- Recognise that, as an individual, one can influence the social environment around them. Examples include: maintaining high professional standards (courtesy, integrity towards others), being curious about your workmates and what makes them tick, and simply being kind.