Friday, March 05, 2010

Da Count-A Matter of Respect

It's been a month since I started my new job. I have to say I give thanks every time I go there because I am not going to be yelled. I won't be expected to nag patients into submission. Procedures won't change daily. I won't be told I am idling about if I take a minute to stand up and try to collect my thoughts amidst the chaos of shouting doctors, ringing phones, screaming kids, and blaring music. I won't have to take heat for things that I had nothing to do with and I won't have to put out fires the boss lights. I no longer have to have an extended internal dialogue to will myself out of bed in the morning in order to face my job.

Instead I go to an office where the staff genuinely get along and enjoy each other and where we laugh riotously at some point every single day. The doctors cultivate a calm atmosphere. There is a real sense of teamwork. Procedures are well established and there is order in the records yet there is an ability to be flexible as reason dictates in a given situation. Th bosses have been encouraging as the other new girl and I learn our duties. When they've needed to correct us on something they've always done so gently and they've added what we have been doing right. The bosses regard their staff as people who are part of the healing process not just as sales staff or, worse yet, as overhead. They recognize that we have families who need us too. They have been very accommodating of the single mothers who work in the office.

Basically it boils down to this. At my former office the boss regarded her staff and patients as children who needed to be pushed and prodded into compliance to her will. Staff and patients were not worthy of respect because they could not be trusted to make the choices she wanted unless she was breathing down their necks constantly. Where I work now, the doctors trust their staff to do their jobs with a measure of professionalism, courtesy and compassion. They educate their patients and then respect whatever decision the patient makes even the patient decides to disengage from care.

Every day I go to work I give thanks for the atmosphere I am walking into and for the people I will be working with. What an incredibly refreshing change.



16 comments:

S said...

I'm so glad you like your new job!!! Hurray!!!

What sorta blows my mind is that you have still been able to keep up with blogging......and that so much stuff comes outa your brain even after all that working too! Amaazing!

~Dragonfly~* said...

Life for me, as of late, has been a bit overwhelming and so I don't get to keep track of myself in blog land let alone those I enjoy reading... so somewhere... I totally missed that you have anew job!!!! I am so delighted for you. Congratulations!!! Sounds like you are truly enjoying it.

~DF~*

g-man said...

If you Love your job...It's not work!
You are very lucky indeed Trini..
:-)

Jazz said...

Wow, I guess I missed that post... I'm glad you've found a place where you can be happy.

Cocotte said...

Glad you are so happy there!

Cricket said...

Hooray for you. And for that not-quite extinct creature, the decent boss.

Craig said...

Prayer works, eh? ;)

If you like your job, you are blessed; if you also like the people you work with, you are triply blessed. . .

g-man said...

Limey!!

Suldog said...

It is one of life's great blessings to be able to work in a place where you are treated in an intelligent manner, and where the people with whom you work have good senses of humor. I am blessed in that regard, for sure, and it appears that you are now, also. Good for you!

Kat said...

Oh thank the good Lord! What a difference that makes. I'm so glad you are enjoying your new job.

I hope you tell your bosses what a great job they are doing too. I'm sure they would be very happy to hear it. :)

furiousBall said...

job love is a good thing. i had to make my own job to find it again.

secret agent woman said...

I'm so glad you have found a place to work where you feel respected and you have fun.

Mona said...

New job that is employee friendly?
Nothing like it! It is a win/win

Moannie said...

Youngest daughter was made redundant nine months ago and has finally found a new job. After two weeks she has discovered that the boss is a chauvenist pig, the partner, a women has seen the last three office managers off with he rudeness. But a job's a job and I'm hoping she will be able to ride it out until and unless something better comes up. Sadly it is an employees market at the moment, salaries have been pared to the bone and the attitude is-if you can't take it, there are plenty of others who want your job.

So happy for you.

veri word: quite. Indeed.first time I have ever seen a reall word there.

TorAa said...

I'm really happy when reading this, on behalf of you, your collegues, your management and all the patients.
It's all about respect.
In the long run, that's what does matter.

Have a great week

Jocelyn said...

I am outrageously glad that this change took place in your life.