In the nine years I have worked as a massage therapist, I have had the opportunity to experience all sorts of spa and clinic environments. I think that the one thing these places all had in common was that I learned a lesson or two from each and every one of them, most of which can be transferred outside of a healthcare setting. The places I have worked have helped shaped who I am as a person and as an employee. I have been pushed to my limits ethically, professionally, and physically and thanks to all of these places I now know what I can and can’t tolerate. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty of each place of employment but instead offer up the lessons I have learned in hopes that they will help you.
Lessons For A Healthy Work Environment
Lose the drama (this isn’t highschool)
Instead of gossiping, build each other up, you are all there for a common goal. I understand that workplaces can be competitive but you are only harming yourself by bringing others down so that you can appear better. Help those that need it.
As hard as this is sometimes, don’t let fights with the kids/spouse, or other stresses get in the way of doing a good job, especially when clients are involved. They can and will pick up your tension and anxiety, when you are relaxed so are they. They like to know that you are focused on them alone.
Know your limits
This is an easy one, don’t push yourself to the breaking point. It’s not worth it. The added physical and mental stress put on the body can cause you to get sick or worse. Allow yourself time to breathe, time to relax.
Find Your Balance
A balance between home, work, friends and me time is important to staying healthy. Too much of any of these makes us cranky (and nobody wants that). Find that balance that works for you and stick with it. You will be healthier and happier because of it.
Be True To You
Sometimes we are asked to compromise our ethics just to get a job done. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it, or find another way to get the job done without abandoning what you believe is ethical.
I hope these lessons of mine can help those that read it. Please feel free to add your own!