This week has been rough, with employee discipline issues back-to-back. Rumors, questions and outrage on the part of hospital staff followed.
Bound to confidentiality, I am unable to explain the repeated complaints and conversations that accompany a formal disciplinary action or termination.
Typically, it takes months to complete.
However, to the uninvolved observer, it appears that I had a wild idea in the middle of the night, got up on the wrong side of the bed and took it out on the world by firing someone's ass.
I only wish it were that easy.
Friday could not come soon enough.
This morning began with a regular meeting with one of my direct reports. She updated me about her department and I provided some follow-up information to questions she raised last week.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
About an hour later, as I was finishing a document in my office, she stuck her head in the door and said, 'I love that you're my boss - just wanted to let you know.' Then, she was off.
Wow, did I need that today.
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