Over my 30+ years in the workplace, I’ve had many ups-and-downs. There were some jobs I loved and some where I was ready to bolt the first week of employment.
Back in 1996, I was employed by a medical clinic as a quasi-administrator. In this role, I spearheaded technology projects and reported directly to the business owner. In total, this physical therapy establishment had about 15 employees, and it seemed like much of our work was intertwined.
|For example, I often had to communicate with both the therapists and insurance clerks to gather the information needed to decide which technology solution to prioritize. When I was not working on projects, I was asked to help the Business Office optimize its processes.|
In other words, I was deeply involved with both operational activities and projects. To make things harder, we had limited physical space, which meant many of us shared working spaces.
In just a few months working at this practice, I realized it was the wrong place for me. Unfortunately, it was difficult to say good-bye to this employment opportunity because it was only a few miles from my house. I lived in Houston during this time, and it was tough finding work close to home.
However, I needed to be honest with myself. There were several reasons why this job was NOT right for me, including the following: I felt anger and resentment from other employees who had been with the practice longer than me. Given it was a small office, it became evident to many of them I was earning twice what they were making, and they did not appreciate an outsider commanding this type of salary. I was too involved in the nuts-and-bolts or operational efforts of the clinic. I understand that I must know what happens with the innerworkings of the business so high-level decisions are made with this knowledge, but 95% of my time was spent with routine tasks. At this point in my career, I wanted the challenge of learning how to manage an organization from a strategic perspective. It was obvious there was no long-term plan for me. Considering just my compensation, I was the second highest paid person in the organization. The founder was the top wage earner, as is rightfully so. Looking Inward
After just 4 months of employment, and right before Christmas, I resigned. I had another revenue source, which meant I had a soft landing awaiting me. The compensation was less than I was earning in the medical practice, but I enjoyed it more.
The point I’m trying to share here is that my problem existed mostly because I attempted to place blame on the people at the clinic and the type of work assigned to me.
It was easy to point the fingers at others.
When I decided to look inwardly and acknowledge that my skills, abilities, and timing were misaligned with the current employment, I could see the path ahead, and it was clear.
My experience has taught me that most of the problems I encounter are caused by decisions and actions I have chosen for myself.
The more I own the consequences, the sooner I can start heading in the right direction.