A new year - a new job - whats your fear?

7 Jan 2019 11:45 AMJen Fitzgerald
A new year - a new job - whats your fear?

Are you starting a new job this year or planning on making a move to another aged care facility or employer? Consider first how you will handle your fears of starting a new job.

Are you starting a new job this year or planning on making a move to another aged care facility or employer? Consider first how you will handle your fears of starting a new job.

For one nurse it was the staff.

The nurse was starting her first job as a brand new EEN and she said her 

biggest fear was the other staff. Not whether she can cope with the workload or understand the medical terminology or deal with doctors…. no simply her co-workers especially the bullies.

This is a common fear in all jobs – how will we get on with other staff. They really are the unknown factor. You may have lots of training and experience but a new workplace means new staff.

This bullying case, in an aged care facility, highlights the issue. Read here>> 

The worker did all the right things- reported the incidents to the supervisor, took some time off and felt supported by the management but after 2 weeks she was told she had resigned???? WT?

Solution to bullying?

It’s a matter of patience and experience when dealing with bullies. You will have to work with them - they are a part of the job. However, reporting any bullying incidences is key, not taking any BS is key and not letting them get to you is gold.

Read here a blog on 5 survival tips for aged care bullying

Also, ensure you document every little thing if you have been bullied. Read the “Power of the pad” blog here>> 

When you are new you are trying to get on with everyone but recognising who are the bullies early on will help. Do not buy into their gossiping, stand up for yourself and write everything down.

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