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Working Happy! How to Survive Burnout and Find Your Work/Life Synergy in the Healthcare Industry


Working Happy! How to Survive Burnout and Find Your Work/Life Synergy in the Healthcare Industry by Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, is a groundbreaking book that offers fresh insights and new solutions to the growing crisis of burnout in the healthcare workplace.

The book takes an innovative, hands-on approach toward the two most important causes of employee burnout: workplace environment and personal attitude and behavior.

Whether you are seeking to find happiness in your present job, leaning toward changing jobs in the same industry, switching careers altogether, or even striking out on your own as an entrepreneur, this easy-to-read guide covers every contingency. Kapoor explains emotional resilience and provides powerful tools you can use right now to address burnout. Above all, the book encourages you to find your true purpose in work and life, let the money take care of itself, and develop your ikigai, or “life value.”

The book identifies the two central causes of workplace burnout: the workplace itself and your own attitude toward your job.

Each of the 10 chapters covers a different aspect of burnout and work/life synergy.

Chapter 1, Unhappy Workers and Employee Burnout sets the stage for the book and explains the problem of workplace burnout.

Chapter 2, The Two Sources of Burnout explores the two main causes of burnout: workplace environment and personal attitude and behavior.

Chapter 3, Finding Work/Life Synergy introduces the concept of work/life synergy and explains how it differs from work/life balance.

Chapter 4, Path #1: Find Happiness in Your Present Job helps readers analyze and reflect on their present job and provides actionable strategies to reduce stress and achieve work/life synergy.

Chapter 5, Path #2: Change Jobs explores the possibility of making a bigger change, such as changing jobs or exploring new horizons.

Chapter 6, Path #3: Change Your Career discusses the reasons people change careers and offers insight from people who have done just that.

Chapter 7, Emotional Resilience offers practical tips for achieving a positive work/life synergy in any work environment.

Chapter 8, Self-Help Strategies: Make Small Changes is a handy reference guide outlining powerful, practical steps readers can take every day to reduce their feelings of burnout.

Chapter 9, Your Purpose in Work and Life, helps readers find their true purpose in work and life and introduces the Japanese concept of ikigai.

Finally, chapter 10, Keep Working Happy! provides guidance on how to maintain work/life synergy and prevent burnout over the long term.

Unlike many business management books, this author has the trifecta of a solid academic training (an MBA), front-line clinical experience (as a practicing MD), and front-line administrative experience in solving the problems he talks about as a leader of a major health system.

Readers will feel the satisfaction of identifying the source of their burnout or stress and taking action to make a positive change. Everyone deserves to be happy, but we don’t know how to achieve it; this book shows you how you can change your working life and be happy.

Working Happy is filled with practical advice and actionable strategies that readers can implement right away. With its innovative approach and fresh insights, Working Happy is sure to become a classic in the field of healthcare workplace burnout and work/life synergy.

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Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, is the senior vice president of Beloit Health System in Beloit, Wisconsin, a community-based nonprofit hospital with approximately 23 service locations.

A Harvard-trained dermatologist who also holds an MBA from Oxford University in England, and who has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles published in professional journals including The New England Journal of Medicine. He was the recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Kenneth M. Viste Young Physician Leader of the Year Award and named one of the top 25 Emerging Leaders in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

Kapoor has been credited with re-engineering the delivery of healthcare to his community, resulting in a dramatic rise in patient satisfaction at his institution from a stagnant 16th percentile to an astonishing 88th percentile in less than a year.

He concurrently ushered in transformative results in quality, leading teams to achieve three consecutive “A” ratings from the national watchdog group Leapfrog, a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Star program, and numerous quality of care pathway accolades.

As a practicing board-certified dermatologist, he has built a successful medical and cosmetic dermatology practice using advanced techniques to help patients live happier, healthier lives.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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