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Saturday, January 18, 2014

8 Tips to impress your coworkers

The following are simple things you can do to impress your coworkers.

1. Stock: So you grabbed the last nebulizer at one of the satellites.  That's fine, please make a mental note (or a literal note on your clipboard) to replace it.  If you can't finish this job yourself (something that should be rare), make sure to tell your relief.  But I find nothing more annoying than when you need something now and it's not where it's supposed to be, and nothing that brings greater joy than when things are where they are supposed to be.

2.  Don't leave work undone:  So your shift is nearing an end and you nary have any energy to do anything.  Yet, lo and behold, an incentive spirometer and two new breathing treatments are ordered.  Try to muster the energy to finish these orders for no other reason than to impress upon your relief that he does not have to rush out to do these tasks.

3.  Put equipment back together: This again goes in line with not leaving work for other people.  If you are absolutely unable to get your work done, make sure it is a rare occasion, and that you let your relief know this in report so that he or she can finish the job so this equipment is ready when needed.

4.  Clean up your work station: Of course we're all guilty of leaving a mess from time to time, some more so than others.  Coming to work and having to clean up someone else's mess is not fun.

5.  Don't be a snitch:  On the other hand, if someone leaves a mess for you, instead of complaining, or leaving it for the boss to find, just clean it up and shut your mouth.  Only if it becomes a continued problem should you take more invasive measures.

6.  Get work done close to adequate times: Most respiratory therapists have certain times whereby they like to have breathing treatments scheduled, and certain times they do not want to do them.  For instance, it is a bad idea to set up a treatment schedule so that a patient's treatments are due at shift change every twelve hours.  If possible, try to keep treatments on the schedule that would benefit the other people you work for.

7.  Don't complain:  I'm not implying you have to agree with all decisions made, nor that you have to like the people you work with or for.  However, no one like spend time with a person who complains all day long.  There are more industrious ways of spending ones time.  

8.  Be subtle about seeking credit:  Keep in mind here an old saying: "Good deeds rarely go recognized until the person who does them is no longer around to do them."  In other words, a humble person doesn't go around seeking credit, and instead lets the chips fall where they may.  

1 comment:

migraneur said...

That last tip burnt one of my bosses in the end. She didn't realize how much little stuff I just did, without having to involve her or get credit. When I left was when she finally figured out everything I'd been doing. Top bad some of it was stuff no-one else could do, like dealing with the router or basic tech support for everything.