re: Mean coworkers...September 3 2006 at 8:49 AM
Response to Mean coworkers?
I too, had a high-paying desk job and became a CNA a few years ago. I too also had the 'slow' problem. I didn't have a medical background, went from sitting in a cubicle all day to having to talk to a hundred people all day, etc. Totally different type of work environment. But, I enjoyed all the learning!!!
Yes, there is a major issue of lazy co-workers --- I've found them at every place I've been to in my short tenure. What will probably be difficult for you to adjust to, assuming your background is similar to mine, is that you need your coworkers. When they don't show up, take long breaks, aren't willing to work together, you are impacted.
At your desk, it was just YOU. You controlled your workload. If you had problems getting work done, you came in early, stayed late, worked through lunch, and talked to your boss about shifting priorities or whatever. Not going to happen in this type of job.
What I found, for me, was that as long as I worked, people worked with me and I didn't have a problem with most people, especially the nurses (I've always written that my hospital experiences and nurses was great). You come in on time, really work that shift by staying on the floor, and NEVER ask 'when is it break time' or 'when is it lunch time', you'll gain some respect. You can argue all day that 'that isn't right', but it's the reality.
So, give it a shot. You're going to have to accept that many people you work with as a CNA wouldn't have lasted a month in an office environment where you're productivity is constantly scrutinized and measured. Actually, it's the same type of thing in a factory --- I've done that too. You don't disappear from your punch press. You take assigned breaks and lunch, but that's it. There appears to be a lack of discipline in a lot of CNA's, or just plain-old lack of work ethic. I don't really understand the cause......
- True!!! - cnainIL on Sep 4, 1:47 PM
- Thanks Rance- in IL? - cnainIL on Sep 4, 2:11 PM
- thanks rance -- in il? - Rance on Sep 4, 5:06 PM