Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions....

So remember when I shared the news that the world's worst office manager was let go here? My friend Brenda and I have been sharing the management duties since that glorious day; we quickly found out that the job was not a full-time (that woman would claim that she was working 12 hour days...what-ever...but I digress).  The one thing I naively thought would happen after the micromanagement umbrella was lifted was that the office staff would thrive and things would run smoothly.  Well, I have come to realize that that type of freedom only works for self-starters and our office doesn't necessarily have a lot of those.  So needless to say, there are people who have been just scraping by/ slacking their way through the day.  I had a conversation with one of the physicians a couple weeks ago about the need for a point person, etc.  and I had warned Brenda that the MDs would be bringing up the necessity of getting an office manager.  I have a couple issues with this: 

1. Spending a salary on a position that really isn't a full-time position
2. After 2 office managers from hell, I am a little trepidatious going down that road again
3.  My position is very well established and works well for me.  I don't want someone new coming in and trying to run my department the way others have tried in the past

We had our MD meeting tonight and at the end, one of the physicians brought up the topic...the office staff needs someone to be accountable to, blah, blah, blah and then I realized he was looking at me and said, "would you consider doing this"  I literally zoned back in and said, "Are you talking to me?!!!" a la Dinero!!  I told them that I really didn't know.  I love my position in research (it's my baby; I started the dept from the ground up).  But on the other hand, I would be challenged by running things in the main office.  But on the other hand, I would miss my patients.  But on the other hand, I don't want anyone coming in and rocking the boat.  But on the other hand I would miss my freedom being in a satellite office; able to escape whenever I wanted.  But on the other hand, there are some yucky jobs I have to do in research that I would gladly bequeath.....so there you have it - a big ball of indecision.

After the meeting the MD that brought up the idea spoke with me privately and told me that he didn't mean to put me on the spot like that to which I told him that I was just caught off guard, and I didn't really know what I should do.  He told me to think about it over the next few weeks and we could carve out a position that I would still be able to be involved in both arenas.  

Hubby is supportive in whatever move I make...the advice I am getting all around is to take my time, create a pros/cons list, and plot out what my dream position would be....

Any one have a crystal ball that can point me in the right direction?!  How 'bout a Magic 8 ball?

10 comments:

Jill said...

Do whatever makes you happy... give it some time, think about your decisions, and your heart will lead you in the right direction.

And if it doesn't - go with the job that makes the most money!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I can't tell you what to do, well, about this anyway! It sounds like a pretty good opportunity so just take your time and think it over.

JWilson said...

That is reat that they seem to be willing to work with you and your wants for this. I agree with the advice you have been given, think hard about what you want from your job and then take that to them.

Good luck!

The Real Mother Hen said...

Opportunity is knocking, that's always a good sign, I mean, it sure beats not knocking. I'm the type who would jump whenever opportunities knock, since no one knows what's going to happen tomorrow. Anyway, good luck in whatever you decide :)

Ronda's Rants said...

Congrats for the offer...
Here is how I make up my mind about a choice I need to make...
I give myself three days..
I spend 24 hours telling myself I am doing one of them and write down my feelings at the end of the day. The next 24 hours...I tell myself I am doing the other choice and write my feeings down at the end of that day. The third day...I read and think about my choices and feelings and usually it is clear to me which to take!
Good luck!

CaraBee said...

Tough one! Even if you decide not to take the position, it must be really nice to know that you are thought so highly of by the physicians!

Christy said...

ok, I am a total stranger, have no idea what your job is other than you do research and work with doctors...
I say go for it. Sounds like you are perfect for the job and it sounds like the docs you work for respect you enough to believe you would be good for the job as well.

its nice you have a great support system!
stopping by via candid carrie...

American in Norway said...

Shit... just go for it... if you do go for it, will they hire someone to take your spot or could you go back if it totally sucked?

Angie's Spot said...

Wow, how great that they offered this to you! I mean obviously they realize was an amazing asset you are to them and they have total faith in you to do whatever job you're presented with. It sounds like they're willing to give you some creative liberty to maybe hand-pick all of the duties that you especially want to do and maybe delegate the not so fun stuff? Good luck with it! I'm sure you'll create something great for yourself.

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