I had, for one reason or another, a particularly difficult week last week. Partly due to work-related matters and issues – trying to cram in a five day workload into three days with a couple of days out training – partly just stuff happening at home that I wasn’t expecting – nothing particularly serious, just a matter of juggling and switching expectations and partly a mixture of the two.
Sometimes it isn’t quite as easy to separate work from home as I’d like it to be.
So to start the week off, I am just running through, as I’m writing – some of the reasons I love my job and why I am so fortunate in it. Yes, a little self-obsessive, but I prefer to call it reflection!
1. Positive impact and influence
Being a conduit to state provision of services is definitely very far from all fun and games but when you are able to arrange what might be a relatively simple matter of care or respite – that makes a significant difference immediately. That is good. Or just provide a telephone number for a person that otherwise would not have been known.
2. Constant learning
I am fortunate to work in a profession and an environment that constantly promotes learning and development. I enjoy study. I always was quite an academic type in some ways and my team, my manager are always very happy to give me space to study and learn about new things. I appreciate it a lot.
3. Teams and colleagues
I moan and I gripe. Sometimes I look back on teams I have worked with in fond reflection – but on balance, the people I work alongside are very good at what they do. There is no-one of the team that I currently work in that I wouldn’t be happy to see walking up to the door of a relative of mine (or me, come to think of it) in a situation of need (though some might need more frequent phone-calls just to remind them..). They have very different ways of working but I have faith in them all.
4. The in-patient ward
Our team is ‘attached’ to a ward in the hospital. And the nursing staff on that ward are some of the kindest, friendliest and just plain compassionate people I have ever come across in any setting (the medical staff are good too, but I think of them as part of the community team for the most part – see above!) I try and tell that to family and service-users if I am arranging respite or an informal admission. I am often told afterwards that although they think I am just saying that to make them feel better at the time, that I am right. They still get thank you cards and christmas cards, years after some peoples’ admissions and subsequent discharges. Fortunately it is a very stable team of staff who have, for the most part, been working there for years. I think that helps.
5. Diversity and interest
I have said before that I work in central London. The joy of that is that I am faced with such a massive array of diversity and difference that it improves my knowledge constantly. From tourists having breakdowns in some of the central hotels – to families who have lived in the same houses for generations and seen the nature of the neighbourhood change from inner city slum to classy City fringes.
I have seen some of the most vile and atrocious housing conditions above some of the UK’s most expensive shop fronts.
A constant turnover of cultures, languages and issues is a constant education. It keeps me on my toes.
I was thinking of having a general ‘positive’ Monday theme running but I know myself too well to be able to maintain that. So reasons to be cheerful – they are definitely there. And happy for people to add to them. Go on, it isn’t as difficult as you think!