Making sure we properly value ourselves.
Maybe it’s been my personal experience, but I think the health care system and public in Australia tend to under value health care professionals.
I expect this is driven by free health care being readily available, private health insurance and the expectation that doctors provide free or heavily subsidised services as part of this.
No doubt the same is true for many professions and in many workplaces.
Value in this context includes financial worth, appreciation, gratitude, acknowledgement of qualifications and experience.
I expect also that many doctors in Australia generally value themselves less than their peers overseas or those in other demanding professions.
I think as with anything in life assigning an appropriate value to someone or something is important as that value flows back in return.
Whether we value ourselves less or others value us less, the result is a low sense of self worth, which will eat away at confidence, happiness, energy and enjoyment. This is probably a significant factor in people being unhappy in their work place.
The first step and biggest hurdle is assigning a high value to ourselves and then maintaining this despite feedback to the contrary. Especially in medicine where we spend many years as students, junior doctors, junior consultants, we are moulded somewhat to always think we lack those qualities and experience matched to someone of high value.
A high sense of self worth and self value can make a world of difference in what one gets out of a career.