Going Astray (from Shoulder
and Elbow Therapy)
I have added a new passion to
the one I already have for shoulder and elbow therapy. My purpose would be to
share information related to the impact 4 generations has on the workplace and
how this can affect our dealings with our surgical colleagues, patients,
therapist peers and other co-workers, and people we may supervise or be
supervised by. I became so fascinated by this information that I took training
to become a trainer in this area. There’s no group of people I hold dearer
than the ASSET group. This knowledge has had such a positive impact on my work
life, in particular, that I’m hopeful it would be helpful to others in ASSET,
am requesting to do this at a time, during a catered lunch or dinner, or even
breakfast, when I could have about 45 minutes. Since it isn’t directly about
our work/research on shoulder and elbows, I wouldn’t want to take away from
research, educational, or case presentation time.
Summary of Use
This information has the
potential to be helpful in working with patients of a variety of generations, as
well as with colleagues and co-workers – like we all do every day. The
information helps clarify generational differences and give helpful
understanding as to the whys of those differences. For others I’ve presented
this information to, as well as for myself, it’s been easier to do some of the harder parts of our jobs.
We are all constantly interacting with other people. With people working longer and patients living longer, we now have 4 generations working together in the workplace, each of which is unique and with many positive attributes. It is important to understand our differences and value what those bring to the group and the interaction. In working with patients of the 4 generations, it is vital to know how best to communicate with each to have the most helpful impact.