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To Do’s for the Passionate and Less Passionate!
The human service field is one of the most important fields of study. If you are a human service professional (social worker, teacher, nurse, doctor, CNA, direct care professional), you are important!
When you sign up to help people, you are rewarded in karma points. You may not get all the money you want, however, if you are in the human service profession and you do right by the people you serve, you will be blessed. The universe (God) will look out for you in a way that is quite magical.
My experience in the field has allowed me to meet all kinds of people. I have seen people who care and respect the clients they serve, and there are people who are the exact opposite.
It’s nothing worse than working with people who don’t care about what they do!
For my professionals who are passionate about the work that they do, here are some tips to help get you through the day when management is poor and your team is wack!
1. Documents all your concerns from day one, in a notebook, to help identify trends.
2. Talk to someone in your inner circle about the situation. Choose a friend that gives objective advice.
3. Address your concerns directly with those you have concrete issues with, in the most respectful way. If issues persist,
4. Talk to your supervisor.
5. Is the issue with your supervisor? You are both grown! You both should be able to talk about your issues and concerns as adults.
6. If you feel having a conversation will get heated, find a third party of a lateral position or higher that can mediate the conversation
7. Don’t take anything personal. Easier said than done, however, try your best. Work is a game. Play it!
Bonus tip: You can always get another job! You are never stuck! Switching ain’t always easy, but never forget in any situation, you are the prize!
Are you that employee who doesn’t care about their job? Here’s what you can do to be a little more helpful/considerate in your job performance
1. Read the job description. If you are not going to do at least that, don’t apply!
2. While your there, think about how you would rather spend 8+ hours of your day.
3. This job is funding your dreams!
Your current job may not align with what you envision for your ideal career but remember it’s helping you to get there.
Bonus tip: How you act at a job you don’t really like tells people a lot about your character. When you make decisions and comments at work, do your best to make them as if you are the person you want to be 5 years from now!
4 Bias To Check At The Door!
As teachers and human service professionals, it is important to identify your bias before entering the field. Identifying your bias gives you the opportunity to be honest with yourself and it facilitates personal change.
A bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
Here are some bias ways of thinking that human service professionals and teachers should be mindful of:
1. Conformity Bias
I see this most when professionals are new in the field. In the beginning, as a new and passionate professionals we have new ideas that we want to share with the organization and the people we serve.
Then boom, you meet “Negative Nancy” and “Things Ain’t Gon’ Change Shane”.
Every time you have an idea you have a negative Nancy and “Things Ain’t Gon’ Change Shane” in your ear telling you what can’t happen and why things won’t change. Don’t conform to their thinking. Propose change and be the change that you want to see!
2. Beauty Bias
Yes, this is real! Next time you let that inappropriate behavior slide or reward a certain behavior ask yourself,
“Am I doing this because this child/person is “physically attractive”?
3. Halo Effect
Just because you and your client have “baseball” in common doesn’t mean they are not capable of committing a crime. We as professional have to make sure we are treating people and situations fairly, and not let the good in them, allow us to not see their negative traits.
4. Horn Effect
Just because your clients/student may be a troubled or challenging doesn’t mean that they are not capable of doing good. Don’t allow the chaos a client/student cause, allow that to be the only thing you see in them!
Our roles as teachers and professionals are important and integral to the healing of some and the learning of others. It’s important to CHECK YOUR BIAS AT THE DOOR!
I was having dinner with a professional the other night, she has been in the field for a while and states she is “burnt out”. She has been a teacher for over 20 years and explained that she would encourage future teachers to stay away from the field. The pay just isn’t that good. She felt that people should not have to supplement income after going to school and getting a degree. That one job should be enough!
If you plan on being a teacher or working in the human service field, DO IT!
If it is in your heart to teach, educate, and expand peoples level of consciousness, DO THAT!
But not for a check. Don’t check chase! Especially if you are in the helping/teaching profession. We can’t do the work that we do for a check because when the checks don’t look how we expect, we will slack on our jobs and the only ones who suffer are the populations that we serve.
You cannot put a price on what we do! The value we provide is priceless
If your in this line of work and you do not like your job because of what you get paid. It may be time to focus on your finances. You could make more money and waste it all because you don’t know how to manage it.
Here are 3 steps you can take in doing what you love with a smile:
1. Create a budget
2. Adopt a new mindset
3. Get a side hustle