Avoiding the "pecking order"

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    I'm looking for advice about workplace politics. This last year I got a job on a med surg floor and learned first hand what it is like getting caught in the so called political pecking order of the floor. It ended in termination from the floor I was working. I did not leave on bad terms, it was simply a poor fit. Ioved back to my unit which was long term care and rehab. I guess I want to know how to stay under the radar when I start mg new job?

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    Suggest you look into the abundant literature on team formation and performance, specifically what happens in team dynamics when a new member is introduced to the team. One thing you should also do is find yourself a role model and ask her how she fit in when she was new.

    Fact is that there is a "pecking order" in any kind of work, from garbage collecting to the US Senate. Part of integrating into the adult world of work is figuring out how to do work with that. There are resources, but it will take work on your part. Alas, it is not necessarily the workplace's job to accommodate to your desires, it's up to you to find a way to fit in effectively.
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    Yes, part of the problem was with my effort to educate myself on team dynamics and not expecting the employer to do all of the work. I tried hard when it came to fitting in. My anxiety truly got the best of me and it destroyed me and my reputation on that floor. It was alot of me. All lines of work do have a pecking order. I guess what really got me upset and confused was the comment made about "critical thinking is an inborn quality and I don't think you have it naturally" statement. I found that truly ignorant and very passive.
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    I mean expecting the employer to do all the work
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    I'm not sure how critical thinking being an inborn quality and pecking order relate to each other. You might or might not have natural critical thinking skills. FWIW, it can be learned. You just have to work harder. If it's something you feel like you need to work on, work on memory - lab values, patho processes, and policy and procedures at your agency. If you can't think it through, let 'the rules' dictate your actions. Eventually, they will come more naturally and you will start to link cause with effect, instead of fact.rule.action.outcome.

    JMO, YMMV
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    Quote from SCSTxRN
    I'm not sure how critical thinking being an inborn quality and pecking order relate to each other. You might or might not have natural critical thinking skills. FWIW, it can be learned. You just have to work harder. If it's something you feel like you need to work on, work on memory - lab values, patho processes, and policy and procedures at your agency. If you can't think it through, let 'the rules' dictate your actions. Eventually, they will come more naturally and you will start to link cause with effect, instead of fact.rule.action.outcome.

    JMO, YMMV
    The critical thinking statement came from another thread to which the other posted responded. Sorry for the confusion.


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