November 21st, 2014
A MEDICAL RECORDS CODING TECHNICIAN DISCUSSES WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Balancing work and life is a challenging priority for medical records coding technicians—and many other healthcare professionals.
Sure, work-life balance is a popular phrase, but how many full-time professionals are actually achieving it? True work-life balance means employees make positive contributions for their employers for 8-9 hours per day, but get to relax, and focus on their families, friends, pets and hobbies when they’re off the clock. Does that sound like you, or do you struggle to find the right balance?
If you work in the medical sector, you may have a more difficult time finding a balance compared to most of the American workforce. Medical is a 24/7/365 industry. People are entering and exiting doctor offices and hospitals every minute of every day, with minor ailments to serious conditions. Even if you work a standard 9-5 day, after-hour emergencies often arise. Or perhaps you’re on call. Or maybe you’re a specialist at a hospital and must go in when someone’s health issues require your specialty skills.
Meet Laila, a medical records coding technician
Laila’s a perfect case study. She’s a talented medical records coding technician with a bachelor’s degree, two years of experience and a $50,000 annual salary. Her primary role is vital; she compiles and maintains records for patients of various healthcare systems. She helps doctors and nurses collect all the patient history and information they need to properly diagnose and treat patients.
While Laila enjoys the organizational and technical parts of her job, appreciates how important and meaningful her position is, and values being in such a secure career, she struggles to find a true work-life balance. Patient emergencies are unpredictable, and doctors frequently need specific records. She finds it difficult to simply go home, spend time with her loved ones and recharge; she feels like she always has to keep the office on her mind.
Because of her inability to find a work-life balance, Laila may look for different employers in her future, at least until she finds one that is staffed well enough and has a culture that fosters work-life balance for all employees.
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Facts about medical talent and work-life balance
- Work-life balance is one of the leading career issues in healthcare positions.
- According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, physicians averaged 51-hour workweeks in 2013, a 10% decrease over the last decade.
- Per a recent CareerBuilder survey, 34% of American workers do not want to move up to leadership roles because they don’t want to sacrifice work-life balance.
- According to GFI Software, 81% of U.S. employees have checked their work email on the weekend.
To say the least, work-life balance is a heavy consideration for specialty talent, especially members of the medical community. If employers fail to emphasize work-life balance during the hiring process and in their everyday culture, it could reduce retention of top talent.
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