This week Dr. Andy Roark and Stephanie “TAKE ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART NOW BABY” Goss tackle a topic brought to them by a mutual friend, “What do I do when I’m taking issues with the team personally?”.
Unpacking this topic through the familiar issue of scheduling, a vet tech is going back to school to continue education outside the field of Veterinary Medicine. “I’m already understaffed and my anxiety is manifesting itself into feelings of betrayal, catastrophizing and wanting to part ways with this person immediately. Why am I so affected by choices that have nothing to do with me and how do I get ahold of these emotions? How can I allow others room to change and by doing so allow room for myself to change? How do I support this person’s needs while also balancing the needs of the rest of the team and my own?”
Fuses can be short as change comes at us from all sides, by getting ourselves in the right headspace and setting clear expectations we can gain better control of how we perceive and feel about that change from moment to moment. Join us this week on Uncharted Veterinary Podcast.
Struggling not to take work-related issues personally with the team. eg: Vet Technician wants to change their schedule to go back to school and pursue human medicine.
– Impulse to go extreme and let them go immediately
– Our own anxiety is manifesting itself as catastrophizing
Some Notes on Headspace:
– This is not about me, this is not about them. This is not an emotional decision.
– They’re not intentionally trying to hurt you.
– Life happens, if I were to have opportunities outside of the Vet Clinic, I would want the person on the other side to receive the information well.
– You may not get to choose how you feel you do get to choose how you react.
– Your reaction, regardless, will not make them change their minds/needs outside of the Vet Clinic.
– “What if we train them and they leave… what if we don’t and they stay?
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