How to improve your motivation at work
Would you prefer a “kick in the ass” approach or the multifaceted job enrichment strategy? It's time to think about what you want to get out of your work, says Raj Persaud
One of the enormous but unspoken realities about the practice of medicine is that most doctors are basically bored by their jobs. During training, when doctors are acquiring expertise and career possibilities seem exciting, interest is easy to maintain. However, this interest usually begins to wane after they have acquired the core skills of their particular specialty. Then a key psychological mechanism kicks in—denying that they are bored.
In many other careers, because the training is shorter and the commitment to working so hard is less, other professionals can make the decision to change direction and take up another vocation relatively easily. Doctors are much more reluctant than other professionals to bail out of their trade once qualified and tend to struggle on for years despite being extremely bored. The fact that relatives and friends, duped by television medical dramas, believe that every second of being a doctor is the