Doctors attending CE to keep their skills up
One of the most traumatic periods in an optometrist’s life is losing their lease or job. It hurts. It doesn’t matter whether it was the first time or not. Or whether it was expected or not. It will always hurt.
How fast you can recover from this hurt will speed your recovery for looking or performing in your next job. Each hurt that you feel leaves you that much more insecure in your interviews, job performance and confidence. It’s almost impossible to disguise such insecurity with false bravado. Insecurity is so profound in job losses that its written and studied repeatedly.
In fact, job loss is a critical driver for depression and cardiovascular disease (Gallo et al, 2006 and Gallo et al. 2006). It breeds insecurity that cannot be easily erased and can lead to poor organizational citizenship or deviant workplace behavior (Tsai et al, 2010 and Reisel et al, 2010). Even the level and depth of the pain of job loss can be quantified (O’Connor, 2013). In every way imaginable, the loss of a lease/job for an optometrist is like any other job loss by any one else. It hurts and continues to hurt.
As optometrists try to recover from a job or lease loss, some will do better than others. Those who do better often plan for their transition well before they are terminated. Trained job coaches, attorneys and even therapists are necessary to reset an optometrists mental view in order to bring the enthusiasm that was once possessed and now lost.
In the next installment, the staff of CareerLand will pose a model for recovery that won’t eliminate the hurt pain and of a job or lease loss, but it will prepare any optometrist to move more quickly to the next step.
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Gallo, W., Teng, H., Falba, T., Kasl, S., Krumholz, H., & Bradley, E. (2006). The impact of late career job loss on myocardial infarction and stroke: a 10 year follow up using the health and retirement survey. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 63(10), 683–687.
O¿Connor, T. (2013). The pain of job change or loss. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 19(4), 11–12.
Reisel, W. D., Probst, T. M., Swee-Lim Chia, Maloles, C. M., & König, C. J. (2010). The Effects of Job Insecurity on Job Satisfaction, Organizational Citizenship Behavior, Deviant Behavior, and Negative Emotions of Employees. International Studies of Management & Organization, 40(1), 74–91. doi:10.2753/IMO0020-8825400105
Tsai, Y., & Wu, S. (2010). The relationships between organisational citizenship behaviour, job satisfaction and turnover intention. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(23/24), 3564–3574. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03375.x
Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of Dr. Hom and not medical, legal or financial advice. It is designed for entertainment or education. He is also a licensed life, health and disability agent in California, License # 0I18299.
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