March 6th, 2016

Work stuff

Work for the last the 17 months has been interesting, if not
always tolerable.

              Things started in September of 2014.
              The organization distributed one of those “confidential” surveys throughout both hospitals and the outlying practices. You know the type; the ones where they want the rank and file to say what is working, what is not, and why. The people who answer are usually the medium tier; the ones who you go to if you actually want to get something accomplished.             
In this instance, two things occurred outside the norm. The first was that there was a far more overwhelming response than the past occasions. The second was one of the results that became known out in the general population. So much for confidentiality.

              Said result was that there was a female vice president who was universally loathed. I do not mean disliked by a few people; no one had anything nice to say about this person, regardless of the department or their position within said department. This individual had been with the organization for about thirty years, working their way up in the ranks over the decades.
              Now, the organization is a non-profit based one. The leadership consists of a board of directors. There are members of the hospital on the board, of course. However, the vast majority of the board is made up of important members of the community, and throughout the county proper itself, for all I know. All of the hospital staff, from the CEO on down, are answerable to the board, despite the fact that the CEO is on the board themselves.
              The board told the then-CEO at the time in no uncertain terms that he was to get rid of the vice president. He refused to do so. I can only hypothesize that he did not do so because he had been there for forty+ years, and she had been there along with him for several of those decades. Whatever the reason was, his decision was the wrong one.
              He was promptly terminated. Security came up to his office, and escorted him out. He was not allowed to say goodbye. He was not given any advance notice. He was not allowed to clean out his desk and office. He was allowed to grab his coat and whatever he could toss into a briefcase, and escorted out. A secretary was later assigned the task of cleaning out all of the remaining personal items of his and mailing them to his house.
              Less than a week after he was gone, the vice president followed him.
              When I started working at the hospital, there were a total of nine CEO/Vice President positions in the hospital. Today, there is only one person still in the same position now, nine and a half years later. Two others retired; the others were all terminated.
              If you were wondering, yes, it apparently is normal for a medical facility of our size to have that number of positions like that. But, I digress.
              Anyway, the removal of the CEO resulted in a barrage of interim positions being created. There was an interim CEO, an interim director of Finance, an interim director of Surgical Services, and an interim director of Materials Management. It was this last one that had an impact on my job.
              The interim M/M director started at the beginning of February in 2015. He was only there until the end of April, but the changes that he did make, and the changes that the laid the groundwork for, were impressive. I would have been very interested in seeing what else he would have accomplished, had he stayed longer.
              The single thing that he did which most affected my job was this – he investigated and found out what it was that my one co-worker at the time and myself were doing and responsible for. He then proceeded to completely rewrite our job descriptions, gave us new job titles, and gave us raises. It would appear that there are distinct advantages to being answerable only to the interim CEO, and not have to ask permission, or discuss things, with anyone else in the corridors of power.
              My boss at the time had been the manager of M/M for five years, and had been a co-worker of mine prior to that for three years.
              When you work with someone long enough, you should have a very good sense of a person’s strengths and weaknesses. You should also be able to figure out whether the person’s position was suited to them, or not.
              In addition to everything else that had been going on, my second co-worker had put in her notice in December of 2014. She was a professional, and had given two weeks’ worth of notice, as was standard practice.
              She was not replaced for four and a half months.
              More later.