One minute. That’s the goal. Every week we will send a Monday challenge and a Friday check-up to see how it went. Pivotal lessons that take less than two minutes of your week, but if applied, will make vital changes in your level of job satisfaction and leadership ability.
One minute and counting:
Leaders in the medical field enjoy strong decision-making power, PTO, and most holidays off.
Now I say this with the total understanding that you come from years of grueling shifts, and hard work to get to where you are now. You deserve any days off; you deserve the weeks of PTO, the hierarchy of respect… Though incredibly valid, this mentality can produce a cycle, that if continued, can be fatal, and if broken, can be priceless.
So, let me ask: would you give up these perks if it meant an unbreakable trust in the work place?
As leaders, it might be important to answer the following questions:
- Can perks that leaders are enjoying be given to the average employee?
- Despite all the three-day weekends, spring breaks, Thanksgiving and Christmas day you had to work, could you give it up to a stressed out trainee with a young family?
I once heard an experienced charge nurse, when discussing this issue say: “No way. That is what seniority is!! I have paid my dues. They will have their turn!”
Ask yourself: would you want her as your leader?
There are hundreds of ways to check yourself as a leader, but this week, I give you only one in form of a question:
Whose load can you make a little lighter this week?
So the challenge is extended. It’s not an easy one. You might not be feeling up to it. Thus the challenge. Find the people in your week that have become objects. It might be housekeeping, or the one team member that drives you up a wall. It doesn’t have to be a constant effort, just a small change. A remark of appreciation, a recognition of something done right instead of the constant stream of things they do wrong. Find someone who is treated like an object, and do one thing to change that by Friday.