So, enough’s enough. As the 'Boss' around here, and after 12 months with PMR, I need to re-mobilise the Adrenal Team after their long lay-off. But how best to do it? I decide to have a chat with Ade & Des (the ‘Guyz’) in the Adrenal Department.
Me: Good morning Guyz, Wakey wakey! I need to have a chat with you.
A&D (grumpily, in unison): We’re not playing. Go away.
Me: But they (the medics) said you’d wake up eventually. You’ve got lazy. Back to work now, please?
A&D: Not lazy, just keeping our heads down. Chucking that, er, Prednerlisterstrone (or whatever) stuff down your throat every day. You took our job away from us - what do you expect?
Me: But they said if I stop the Preds and give you any nasty shocks you’d go into some sort of ‘crisis’ and shut down the rest of the organisation. I can’t afford for that to happen - lots of people depend on me.
A&D (indignantly): Hum. We might only be a small department but you depend on US more!
Me: Well, I had a chat with Pete (in the Pituitary department) Tim (in the Thyroid section). They’re doing their job and don’t know what all the fuss is about.
A&D: But none of you understand OUR job. On-duty 24 hours a day, and no holidays for 59 years. Regularly overworked, and then made redundant with no warning. Not even a Thank You. We have rights too..
Me: Well, I was very busy last year and then quite ill with PMR. I only brought in the Steroid Guyz to help out. As your Boss, I depend on you.
A&D (angrily): It’s all about You, You, You. What about US?!
Me (sensing the need for some delicate negotiation here): Ok, how can WE resolve this together?
A&D: Mmmm, we like our job here but we need better working conditions if we’re going to return to work full-time.
Me: Ok then, no guarantees but what are your ‘terms’?
A&D (Assertively): First, we need a more relaxed Boss who doesn’t race around everywhere like a blue a***d fly and ignores our needs. Second, we need to be listened to when we’re over-worked. Oh yes, and third, we need a gradual return to work - otherwise, no deal. We can be tough cookies.
Me: Ok, I’ll have a chat with Myself, the Steroid Guyz, and all the other Departments. Maybe we need to work together better as a Team?
A&D (sarcastically): A Team is only as good as its boss, er, ‘Boss’.
Me: Mmmm, do we have a deal then?
A&D: Provisionally. You do your bit, we’ll do ours. We’ll let you know day by day. But don’t pull any more tricks on us. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed..
Me (in flattering tone): Guyz, you’re tough negotiators - but I respect this and value your contribution to the organisation. We all need you and appreciate the work you do here.
A&D (in conciliatory tone): Ok, from our side, we’ll talk with the Guyz in the other departments. Maybe we can work something out to spread the workload..
I close the initially tense meeting with the 'Adrenal Guyz' with a sense of relief. Things have gone well, so far, and I swear that Ade and Des have already sent me a little 'gesture' of goodwill energy-wise. In the spirit of truly productive negotiations, the various sides are at least talking to each other and understand each other’s point of view. We have agreed a way forwards, and to review things regularly as a Team. Phew… the entire organisation depends on this.
More important, and as a ‘Boss’ in any context, it reminds me that you are only as successful as the goodwill you create in your Team - and not the other way around
Happy Days all :-)