It seems to have become the norm for people to hate their jobs. Society has settled on this idea that we all hate what we do, but we are all looking to be fulfilled in our work. I don't really understand this. It seems counterproductive.
Frankly, I think nursing is one area that really breaks the mold. There are nurses that hate their jobs, but I think that has a tendency to make for terrible nursing care.
On the other hand, most people go into nursing because they like helping people and it helps them feel fulfilled. Most areas of nursing also allow you to go home at the end of the day and leave work behind. You don't have to be chained to your Blackberry on vacation if you're a nurse. So, you work to live, but you also live to work. What a perfect balance.
My work life has become something a bit different. One of the managers I work with said to me last night, "you're a nurse?" It seems I have gone so far over to the dark side of management that I have left the nursing part behind. Oh, I still do a little nursing care in my clinic, but really only in a pinch. I like it and I want to do more of it, but right now I am able to focus on the budget, the policies, and the management role. And, I love it.
Working as a manager for an organization that gives a lot of support and a lot of autonomy is fantastic. I love my job with a passion. Wonderfully, the feedback I get is that they love me there too. I don't think I have felt this satisfied by a job in a long, long time. It is so nice to have this time in my career be so wonderful. I'm busy, really busy. I'm a bit overwhelmed. But, when all else in my life is a little crazy, it is wonderful to think about work and have my head on straight.
Recently, I was handed a new challenge. It seems that while we have improved everything else in my clinic, we are suddenly not appearing "friendly" enough. Huh. I have to find a way to help my staff appear more "friendly" and "cheerful". How odd. I see the gaping hole in my management style now. How do I do that?
Knowing I get a lot of support from the hospital, I started calling people. What an amazing group! All of a sudden, we have this crazy plan for helping my staff become more "friendly." Initially, I thought it was going to be awful. How do you tell people they aren't friendly enough without making them more surly?
It turns out that you send them on field trips and help them do fun things to learn about their personalities. So, over the next couple of weeks, as an official management technique, I will be sending my staff to Starbucks and to In 'N Out Burger. I'll have them all sit around in a room and discover what "color" they are. I'll buy them lunch a couple of times. And, I'll reward them with gifts. At the end, they will hopefully be more "friendly".
I think this is a stunning idea. I can see how free food and gifts and talking about themselves would make them more friendly. It will certainly make us all happier. I love management!