5 Key Elements Driving Physician Engagement

Engagement in their work is a key driver of physicians' satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their jobs, and a new survey shows how physicians define that "engagement."

"Physician engagement has become increasingly urgent for healthcare organizations, yet it is a term that is too broad to be meaningful," Mitchell Best, Physician Wellness Services CEO, said in a news release for the survey, from Physician Wellness Services and Cejka Search.

When physicians do not feel engaged in their work, they are more likely to leave their positions, according to Lori Schutte, president of Cejka Search, and physicians are likely to reject job offers from organizations that do not meet their engagement expectations. "The resulting turnover and prolonged vacancies are key cost drivers and can run as high as $100,000 per month when all costs and lost revenue are considered," she says.

According to the survey, physicians feel the following five elements are most important when it comes to their engagement:

•    Respect for my competency and skills
•    Feeling that my opinions and ideas are valued
•    Good relationships with my physician colleagues
•    Good work/life balance
•    A voice in how my time is structured and used

Survey data was collected in September 2013 and includes responses from 1,666 physicians from across the country.

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