One of the annual rituals that many of us go through at the holidays is a personal inventory of what we want to do in the coming year. The list can be endless: lose weight, exercise more, save money, get a better job, finish that novel, et cetera. In organizations, we call these strategic goals; that list, too, can be endless: increase productivity by 10%, cut costs by 7%, increase employee diversity by 5%, and so on. What about the intersection of personal and organizational goals? Where does that list go? What should it include? I have a suggestion: less anger.
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When I was in training to become an IV therapist, I testified in a hospital hearing against a class mate who took me home for dinner and showed me drawers full of pills, needles and syringes she stole from the hospital. She was expelled from the program, but no criminal charges were filed. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested for palming physician prescription pads and writing prescriptions for controlled substances. Later as an employee at a large (over 1,000 beds) teaching hospital, I witnessed the arrests of two of my co-workers: one for diverting drugs and paraphernalia for street sale; the other for taking injectable painkillers, using them for herself, and substituting saline for the patients’ medications. Medications are better controlled now with inventory management, locked drawers sent down with blister-packed medications, bar coding and magnetic card access. However, a clever thief can find ways around almost any control system.
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