Archive for July 2017

Many Paths to a Richer Job

No, I’m not talking about a job that will make you richer – at least financially. But as I think about strategies for making “hospitalist” a sustainable job that one can do for a career, pursuing job enrichment seems high on the list. The concept of job enrichment was first articulated by psychologist Frederick Herzberg. In his 1968 Harvard Business Review article “One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?” Herzberg suggested that what really motivates employees isn’t an attractive schedule or working conditions, or even high compensation, but instead things like achievement, recognition, interesting work, responsibility, advancement, and personal growth. Job enrichment involves redesigning jobs to provide more of these motivating factors, reducing the amount of repetitive and low-value work, and thus making the work more challenging and rewarding. Hospitalist work is plenty challenging already. But too many hospitalists don’t rave about their feelings of achievement and recognition, or…

A New Face For Online Modules

It is hard for me to get excited by online modules. Perhaps my reflex repulsion stems from my experience – ok, experiences – completing online traffic school courses. Those timers forcing you to stay on a page for a specific amount of time. The quizzes that might not actually teach you anything. Maybe you are a more cautious driver than I am, but if so, just think of the last time you had to complete a mandatory online module for your hospital. I doubt it gripped your attention. The future of education may increasingly be online, but I am unconvinced that mandatory online modules are a format that will change the world. This is why I have spent so much time working with innovative teams to develop interactive learning modules that do not feel like online modules. Vinny Arora and I recently described on this blog our Costs of Care…