A supportive work environment will mean you have the resources to help you do your job well, whether in a clinical or non-clinical role. It consists of a work environment that is safe and healthy, where you can focus on delivering quality services and patient care. It means having the tools, training and processes you need to grow in your job.
When looking at a healthy workplace, it’s helpful to look at the interactions you have with other staff, your physical environment and your organization:
Ask yourself how the questions below could influence your practice…
An Interaction with Physical Environment
Protecting patient privacy is an important aspect of physiotherapy practice. The design of the physical space can impact the ability to maintain patient privacy.
If you can hear private patient conversations, it can be a helpful way to identify possible issues with your physical space.
An Interaction With My Organization
Leadership within the workplace extends to the ability of physiotherapists being able to share concerns anonymously.
This ability allows staff to share sensitive concerns more freely and creates a safe space for feedback.
An Interaction With Others
Having someone else to talk to about things that distress you at work can be an important way to navigate the complexities of worklife.
It can help you avoid isolation and can help you stay engaged in your work – an antidote to burnout.