Working in the NHS- I know it’s always someone’s fault. Managers never seem to understand why I can’t do everything now- or yesterday. And I can’t seem to ever understand why they think telling me something is ‘urgent’ will make it more possible to get it done… it just adds pressure and raises stress levels at work.
Currently, the NHS, is in the news- like never before. In particular it concerns failing standards at a particular NHS Trust; Managers there were more concerned with ‘fiddling’ targets so that it makes the hospital ‘look’ good- rather than listening to Staff and Patient regular and consistent concerns about poor staffing (leading to poor clinical care). This of course leads to staff frustration and stress levels rising.
How do you envisage the year ahead? Perhaps I shouldn’t be so presumptuous… instead I should ask ‘ Do you have a vision of the year ahead?’ If yes, great- we’ll get to that. If not, then perhaps your vision of the year could be described as a tunnel- but you don’t know where it will lead, or if there will be light at the end of it…
I once read a story about two people driving along in a car; the passenger had a terrible journey- all she could see on her side was all the dirt and rubbish that littered the road. She was consumed with the view nearest her and this really affected her experience.
As happens in work environments where people are not only busy, but also passionate about what they do, disagreements can occur. And this is healthy. There would be something wrong if we agreed with each other all the time. Conflicts are likely to occur when people are not just busy, but overloaded and on top of this- unsupported.
Mrs. Awele Odeh, a trained Occupational Psychotherapist, is the Managing Director, The-Work-Stress-Buster, a United Kingdom-based organisation that teaches and supports business people to manage their time for enhanced productivity. She spoke with BANKOLE SHAKIRUDEEN ADESHINA and ANNA NWOKO disclosing that she plans a workshop in Nigeria.