Yesterday, I had to attend a lil meeting at my weekend gig…y’all know, the one with all the loony workers and patients. A lot of the employees are not happy at that place.
In fact, they’re down right miserable.
It’s a terrible thing when you work in a place and you don’t feel valued.
The director of nurses has cussed out more than a few of the nurses and assistants.
The administrator walks over the staff like they’re trash.
But what troubles me more is working alongside people who feel as if they have no control over their current situation.
As if they have no other choice but, to remain there.
I’ve asked a few of the nurses and their assistants why is it that they remain in a facility that they hate.
I mean to be honest, this profession is not like a lot of others.
The nurses can leave that place today and have another job the same day.
There’s a huge demand for nursing assistants as well and yet, they stay
…in a place they hate.
One nurse told me,”God’s gonna make a way for me to leave here.” When I asked her if she had applied for any other jobs, her answer was no.
Well, God’s not gonna plop the job in your lap. You have to at least put some applications out there.
Most of the people complaining have been there for 3-6 years and yet, they go to work everyday.
I know folks have responsibilities and all but, my thing is….if you hate it so much, why are you not planning an exit strategy?
Me, when a job gets on my nerves to that point…
No two weeks notice…nada.
When I was a floor nurse, I’d tell everyone and anyone that, I walked in looking for a job…I have no problem leaving looking for one.
People tend to label you crazy when you say stuff like that.
I don’t know why because , we should never feel “trapped” to work anywhere.
Shoot, I’ve quit jobs that didn’t get on my nerves.
Like when the Saints won the Superbowl and I wanted to go to the parade.
The job wouldn’t give me the day off so,
Had another job the next day.
Life is just too stressful and hard as it is
without giving 40 hours a week to a job that gives you a migraine at the thought of going to it
…or a heart attack.
One of the nurses just suffered a “slight” heart attack from stress.
Yet, she’s there 5 days a week
…looking as if she’s dead inside.
Why do we torment ourselves so much?
I remember when I was 27 years old, I was working at Sears in the Lakeforest Plaza. I had been there since I was 18 and I just dreaded going to that place.
One day I came home from work screaming about how much I hated that job. My dad looked at me said “so quit.”
I was almost in shock because, it had never dawned on me to just quit.
And then, I thought about it.
Why work in a place that is destroying me internally
…giving me headaches, stomach pains and diarrhea just at the thought of going there.
So, I quit.
I immediately felt a burden lifted.
I felt free.
Ever since that experience, I will never work at a place that will rob me of my peace of mind or my health.
If I am at a place that tries to do that,
I plan my exit strategy.
I’ve encouraged my husband to do the same.
Years ago, he was employed as an officer with a state agency and also in school for his master’s in criminal justice.
He had this one particular boss who tried to make it hard as possible for him on the job.
It was stressing him out.
I sat him down and spoke to him the same words my dad said to me,”go ahead and quit.”
My profession allowed me to carry the weight until he received his master’s.
He quit the stressful job and very shortly afterwards,
received his master’s degree.
I get that we all can’t be Oprah and make a mint doing something we absolutely love and “feels like breathing” to us.
But, we shouldn’t feel like indentured servants either.
Life is just too short to be that miserable.
Are you taking just too much b.s. on the job?
And are you planning an exit strategy if you are?