Series: A Thriving Practice Culture

Part 3: Build Connections

In a family medicine practice, relationships—both with patients and among colleagues—are paramount. According to Greenawald, a positive practice culture directly results from collegiality, which is the mutual respect and common purpose shared by team members. Collegiality shapes a practice’s identity, gives more meaning to the work, provides an outlet for stress, and helps support well-being.

No one can single-handedly create an atmosphere of collegiality in a practice, but each member of the team can find small ways to foster supportive relationships at work. And while a coffee or lunch break with a colleague is worthwhile, know that your interactions don’t have to be time intensive to promote community.

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