The happy policy - page 10

There's apparently a policy in our workplace, a new one that says something along the line of; Anyone who appears drained, unenthusiastic, unhappy in anyway etc. can be asked by the manager to leave... Read More

  1. Visit  nursel56} profile page
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    Quote from exnavygirl-RN
    I'll make sure I skip merrily from room to room singing the joys of exploding diarrhea and residents pee'ing on the floor. Yay me! I go to work in a nice mood. I'm no where close to being giddy or perky. Phony perkiness just creeps me out.
    Great visual! Maybe you could carry a basket of chux and adult briefs to cheerfully dispense as you skip from room to room, lol.
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  3. Visit  aachavez} profile page
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    Keep thinking of them in terms of squid. Spineless, live in the dark, are always down too deep to be seen, and stink if it gets too hot.


    OHhh too funny lol....

    I was miserable .... MISERABLE at my peon job in corporate america. I had to go on anti anxiety/anti depresants just to get thru work. I was literally exhausted from faking happy all the time. One day I was upset over MORE micro managing, and had what was interpreted as an 'emotional outburst'. Anyhow, next day I came into work I got fired becuase of my attitude.

    (tho it turns out it's the best thing that's ever happened to me, I just got accepted to nursing school and start full time in January, I'm stoked!!!)

    This rule is ridiculous. Yes, it's fair that they expect you to be curteous and proffesional while at work, but this is going just a bit too far. Recognize people for all the good stuff they do, and moral will improve... ughh a girl can dream right???
  4. Visit  Creamsoda} profile page
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    We used to hate it...absolutely hate it...when our managers would go off to an IT conference. There would invariably be some idiot with a seminar on "improving employee retention" (just beside the "reduce headcount your way to higher bonuses" seminar). They'd practically want us to group hug and sing "Kumbaya" just after being told he's reducing headcount 5% per month for the next 6 months, and so 3 out of 10 of us are going to be unemployeed -- and he'd wonder why we didn't walk in the door singing "Oh what a beautiful morning."

    As a nurse, we've had the "hand out fuzzies if you give me a warm fuzzy," "stars for star players" "Wings for shift angels" and god knows what all. Same stuff, just useless BS out of a management magazine somewhere. Now, we apparently have the "Stepford Wife" theory of nursing practice....

    Probably my biggest pet peeve in nursing. I despise useless BS. It reminds me of kindergarten. "star players!" bla bla bla. Im a realist, im a good nurse and I get the job done well. I dont need someone shoving cutesy cutesy huggy huggy crap down my throat. Im not here to hold my angel Nurse friends hands and sing and dance in a circle. How about ill help you, you help me, we get the job done and things taken care of. Dont get me wrong, I do believe in employee recognition for a job well done, or a "hey way to make it through a tough shift, you handeled it great!', but the cutesy crap I just can not handle
  5. Visit  muesli} profile page
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    Quote from Tepidorchid
    There's apparently a policy in our workplace, a new one that says something along the line of; Anyone who appears drained, unenthusiastic, unhappy in anyway etc. can be asked by the manager to leave that work day in order to reflect on their behavior. Thoughts? Do you have a policy like this?
    Would it be a paid day off? Because that would be awesome.
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  6. Visit  Kooky Korky} profile page
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    Quote from Trekfan
    Omg I almost chocked on my coffee reading that ! If we had that at my job there would be no one left by the end of the day .
    Well, don't chock. Or choke either.
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  7. Visit  Kooky Korky} profile page
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    OK, so what do we plan to do about this? Passive aggression? Unionize? Find out the source of this bright idea and have a talk with that person? Require that office-bound person to spend a full shift with us doing patient care so they get to experience the things that make us the realists we are?

    That said, some of us naturally are old-looking, have dark circles under our eyes and look tired, or have many woes that do reflect on our faces. We do need to try to be at work when we're at work, leave our troubles behind and pick them up on the way out, but this is ridiculous. What if a nurse has just lost a patient or received bad news? How should we look then?
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  8. Visit  hiddencatRN} profile page
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    Sounds like how our management is trying to deal with a morale problem : they want us to participate in a bulletin board where we can post positive recognition of our coworkers instead of dealing with issues making people unhappy. I guess I should be grateful we don't have a happy face policy yet!
  9. Visit  Always_Learning} profile page
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    New Press Ganey question: on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "someone just kicked my dog and told me I have a terminal illness" and 10 being "Hot da$%, I just won the lottery," how would you rate the smile on your nurse's face?
    exnavygirl-RN and Hoozdo like this.
  10. Visit  Cat_LPN} profile page
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    Haha, we have had to be inserviced on not complaining or griping at the nurse's station because it looks bad to the families and I actually agree. Funny that people have to be told that however!
  11. Visit  Babs1953} profile page
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    yes, we are in the era of "put up & shut up" & now smile about it too-- no brain required!!!
  12. Visit  rngolfer53} profile page
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    Quote from Tepidorchid
    There's apparently a policy in our workplace, a new one that says something along the line of; Anyone who appears drained, unenthusiastic, unhappy in anyway etc. can be asked by the manager to leave that work day in order to reflect on their behavior. Thoughts? Do you have a policy like this?
    Kind of like the bumper sticker that says "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves."

    While one should try not to bring personal problems to work (nor work problems home) one's physical and emotional state varies day-to-day and is not in the full control of the individual.

    If someone is grumping constantly to co-workers and patients/families, then yes, that's likely a problem.

    I can't avoid looking tired if I am. It happens for many reasons. But I don't have to let everyone know it, either.

    If I was asked to go home because I looked tired, I'm pretty sure my "reflection" would include consideration of my resume and where I might send it.....soon.
    OCNRN63 and morte like this.
  13. Visit  LTCNS} profile page
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    I know this is an older thread, but I wanted to share an experience I had while working as a MDS Nurse in LTC. Our DON went to a seminar and came back all excited telling everybody we'd better not get caught not speaking, saying good morning, etc...to patients, each other and family members. The next morning the DON came in, I cheerfully said "Good Morning!" and she completely ignored me LOL!!
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  14. Visit  kakamegamama} profile page
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    Oh my word!!! Sounds like someone has too much time on their hands....if that is the case, methinks perhaps they should return to the bedside.......


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