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Am J Lifestyle Med ; 17(3): 413-417, 2023.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20237777


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed dynamics in the healthcare setting, through social distancing guidelines and new protocols to promote safety for employees and patients. Although some find themselves more productive in this spread out or virtual environment, the social aspect of the work day has dramatically changed. Staying connected during the day or week comes with additional efforts to seek out opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues with this work environment shift. Healthcare workers are already at high risk of occupational burnout. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional stressors to individuals outside of their workload compromising a balanced work-life integration. Consequently, personal well-being may become jeopardized due to physical, mental, and social constraints brought on by the pandemic. Mayo Clinic has implemented a joy in the workplace structure to support individual well-being and create space for healthcare workers to be energized in order to put the needs of the patient first and deliver excellent care. Joy at Mayo Clinic contributes to joy in the workplace, reduced burnout, and personal well-being.

J Prim Care Community Health ; 14: 21501319231161441, 2023.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2265956


INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: A culture of joy in the workplace supports well-being, but less is known about the effect of a shared experience on well-being and burnout in a health care setting. This pilot study investigated personal well-being and occupational burnout among primary care staff who participated in a 3-month virtual book club. METHODS: In December 2021, health care workers from a primary care practice were invited to participate in a 3-month virtual book club. Participants were emailed a preintervention survey with questions regarding well-being and burnout, the pandemic's influence on emotional health, and demographic information. The book club met virtually every month from January 2022 through March 2022. After the March 2022 book club meeting, a paired postintervention survey was sent to participants with additional questions regarding their participation in the book club. Well-being and burnout were measured with the 11-point Well-Being Index, and the pandemic's influence on emotional health was assessed with the 64-point Pandemic Emotional Impact Scale. RESULTS: Of 12 book club participants, 9 participants (6 physicians and 3 nurses) completed surveys before and after the intervention. Postintervention improvement in the median score of the Pandemic Emotional Impact Scale was significant (7 points, P = .04). Although Well-Being Index results uniformly favored improved well-being after book club participation, the median improvement of 1 point was not significant (P = .69). CONCLUSIONS: Social connection through a virtual workplace activity such as a book club may contribute to well-being and may decrease occupational burnout.

Burnout, Professional , COVID-19 , Humans , Pandemics , Burnout, Professional/epidemiology , Burnout, Professional/psychology , Pilot Projects , Health Personnel/psychology , Workplace/psychology , Surveys and Questionnaires