Let's talk stress and how to cope with it. In the politically and economically charged world of healthcare administration, there's no escaping pressure. Anticipating what factors cause stress is half the battle in coping with the grind.
A Cornell University survey of 3,581 executives identified office politics as the No. 1 stress-inducer. It was followed by lack of job security, stalled career, too much work and red tape. Many hospital administrators also could add time pressures, conflicting demands and too many meetings to their list.
Stress is impossible to avoid, but possible to manage. Most healthcare executives thrive on the challenge of responsibility and a heavy workload. Still, at times the pressure is bound to hamper all managers. It's probably a good idea to use those low times to reflect on the causes of stress. There's no reason why you can't delegate a project or meeting to another manager and take a day or two off to recharge the batteries.