A couple of weeks ago I was combing through my Twitter feed and came across a post by Kenny Venere that caught my eye.
The link in his tweet brought me to this article in The Atlantic titled, “Workism is Making Americans Miserable.” The article goes through several reasons why Americans have made Workism their religion.
After reading this, it really got me thinking about my own professional life.
How much time am I dedicating to work?
Am I making my life centered around Workism?
The short answer is, I am.
I love my profession (PT) and I love my day to day roles, but I need to be more intentional of the boundaries I have when it comes to working. This got me thinking about the work-life balance discussions that came up 3 years ago in this podcast here and here and in this blog.
The fact is that I continue to let work life bleed into time that I need to be present in activities outside work. Even though I am not at my computer, in the clinic, or on my phone, my head is still working on problems, thinking about things I need to do, or mulling over an idea related to PT.
It can be exhausting and frustrating for my family.
According to a Twitter post by Adam Grant, we need about 2.5 hours of leisure time (defined as time to watch TV, socialize, go to the movies, spend time with family, and do nothing). Read more about it in this article here.
After the #EIMClinical Podcast discussion with Brooke Janicky this week discussing burn out within PT, I couldn’t help but start to think about this idea behind Workism in our profession and beyond. With clinicians seemingly seeing patient upon patient in clinic not to mention the notes that come along with it, are we making ourselves miserable to the point of burning ourselves out?
With the complexity of patient care getting increasingly challenging lead to Workism?
Thoughts on this idea within healthcare? What do we do about it?