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A little uncertainty in my future

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A few weeks ago the Vet Practice owner announced that he sold the veterinary practice to a huge corporation that has about 700 other vet practices americawide. I am all for it, because he himself is almost 80 and not in the best health. That way there is security of a huge network and other possibilities, especially for our young co-workers. I am a little worried, though because I don't know what this will really look like. I always enjoyed the family feeling of our practice. I would hate to lose that. Management will still remain the same they said, but who knows. We could use a bit more streamlined work at the reception desk, but my boss is not much for protocols and handbooks, which makes work tricky at times. Basically if you ask 4 receptionist about a situation and how to handle it, you can get 4 different answers. I have been dubbed the Protocol Queen in the past, because I usually remember and try to spread the word about how it should go. Much to my boss' dismay, who feels cornered if she has no clear answer and I announce that the last email stated xyz. I am thinking maybe I should just fly under the radar. I have always been better to work from the ground up and help that way, and not as a leader. I think when I started reception, management was hoping that I would "clean house" up there and make my boss look stupid, and hopefully take over. She was afraid that would happen, too, and was not always nice to me, more condescending than she should have etc. I never had any intentions of leading that team. I don't even like reception all that much. I was just put there, because my knees were too bad to continue working in my beloved kennels. Oh, I am rambling now. I guess what I am really concerned with is that if a new company takes over, and the family feeling is changing, I won't even feel the gratitude and connection that kept me there in a job that I really don't even like, and would have never picked for myself. I am good at it, and I make it look easy they tell me, but I could so do without the nasty clients. I have stepped down from full time to only 3 days a week, because the job made me so sad and I could not deal with the evil clients. It is so much better just doing this 3 days. So I guess, I am going to be a source of comfort and strength, and encouragement and fun for my coworkers as I always am in times of transition, and hope that this will turn out to be a good thing after all.

Wow, rambled on a bit there. I feel better now.
Thanks for letting me vent.
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    I was there some years ago. I worked for an entire year with the knowledge that the business was being sold to a foreign company. Being one of the more senior employees, I moved from one department to another as the company 'phased out'.
    1984 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Wish I had a magic wand for you. I've been there only it was an office in food service. Take care and know your own health is the most important. Sometimes a workplace can literally make you sick!

    1995 days ago
    That kind of uncertainly can be stressful! I was on the board of a hospital that recently merged into a bigger system, and I know that there are a lot of benefits and drawbacks involved for everyone. Hang in there, though, because the family feel that makes the job worthwhile comes from the people you work with, and unless this change brings a lot of personnel turnover, I think that feeling will be able to survive the change in ownership. emoticon
    1995 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
    Praying things work out for you. They did this at my Doctor's office and things are still a mess. They keep moving the people all around.

    1995 days ago
    Glad you are happy working 3 days a week.
    1996 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I'm sorry that things are in such a turmoil for you right now. The good thing is that you have cut back your hours and reduced your stress. Know that with this large corporation coming in that things will "most definitely" change, some for the better and some not. Hang in there, and just see how things shake out. Follow your feelings through this.
    1996 days ago
    I'm sorry your worklife is going so poorly and I can understand as I have been in a similar situation in the past. Hopefully, only working part time will help keep your stress levels down.
    1996 days ago
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    Wow, it sounds like you sure have been through a lot at work. Change is definitely scary, too! I am hoping for you that this new change will end up being a blessing in disguise! Give yourself time to adjust and hang in there; they need you! (-;
    1996 days ago
  • no profile photo BUTTERFLYGRACE
    Praying things work out to make your life better. We just never know what the future holds!
    1996 days ago

    I could have written this about five years ago; not in a veterinary office but the HR office of a quasi-governmental agency. All I can say is, stay true to yourself and your patients. Remember why you are there and the joy you get from doing what you do! There are always toxic people around us but if you let them get to you, they have won!

    1996 days ago
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