This year I am working as a temp after 10 months of being out of work. I definitely no longer consider myself hot stuff.
I am so, so grateful to be back at work. But my ego has taken a major bruising.
As the boss, I had my own office. I came and went pretty much as pleased, although I did, for the most part, work 10 to 12 hour days and had a three hour round trip commute.
Now, I work on a computer at a conference table in someone else’s office. I will be moved when this person comes back from vacation. I don’t even have a phone. And literally every minute of my day has to be accounted for. The work that I am doing is billable back to another organization. So I keep a spreadsheet of how long I spend working on each patient’s record that I review and then make notes on. We have to hand our numbers in at the end of each day. If your minutes are low, you don’t last long. One girl in the office stopped drinking water during the day so she wouldn’t have to go to the bathroom too often and cut back on her minutes. There is dead silence all day long. No chit chat or socializing. Just the constant sound of urgency.
The woman who ‘trained’ me spent five minutes explaining what to do. She appeared amazed that I got it the first time. She was so condescending I had to bite my tongue practically in half to keep from making a sarcastic remark.
So what I am trying to remember is that, despite the pressure, I am much better off than I was when I had to deal with:
- Moronic CEO’s who made bad decisions and then blamed them on someone else. Like me. :(
- Bullying CEO's who made bad decisions and then blamed them on someone else. Like me. :(
- Worrying about the budget.
- Scheduling staff.
- Staff that didn't do their job.
- Staff who called out.
- Staff who said the building was toxic and making them sick.
- Staff who were toxic and made ME sick.
- Staff who had fictitious ailments.
- Staff who had real ailments.
- Staff who were insane.
- Staff who threatened to kill me (yup, it really happened; more than once)
- Patients who were cranky.
- Patients who were insane.
- Everyone’s problems.