Adaptability and Flexibility Without Breaking

I promised myself adaptability and flexibility toward working a job, but knowing my break point is paramount. It’s better to break my promise than break myself.

The interview was very different. Both doctors are friendly and interesting. Many of my qualifications fit the job description and it sounds like something I would enjoy. They hadn’t fully read my resume, so we visited about my experience in general. My interest was high. We all seemed to like each other and feel comfortable; it felt like a good situation.

The pay is good at $12/hr. and 20-25 hours/week is perfect. I can adapt and be flexible about the days being different every week. Some days start at 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and sometimes they get a 10-minute break. Surgery days start at either 6 a.m. or 9 a.m. I’ve adapted to early shifts before. But, working two 10-hour shifts a week with no guaranteed breaks? That was my breaking point. I said, “I’m going to be honest with you, I will need a break.”

I could feel the energy shift among us all. After a few more questions, they said they have two more interviews and will let me know Monday. If they offer me the job, I will decline on the no-break issue alone. Even with an hour break, two days a week of that kind of stress might take two days of rest to recover. By the time I walked out the front door, I knew it’s not a good fit. Too bad, it might have been fun.

Really!? This is a health care professionals office and the assistant runs 10 hours for two doctors with no break. NOT me! Is that typical for Western Medical practices, or maybe for our society in general?

Employers seem to chew up and spit out employees so they are too worn out to enjoy their days off or their retirement in good health.

At least that one is done. The process was good, I got my resume updated and it’s ready for the next application.

I will not run myself into the ground for any job ever again. There is a huge difference between adaptability with flexibility and being completely negligent of my own health. That lesson I learned the hardest way I know, in bed for three years. Yes, I promised adaptability and flexibility, but not to point break.

© Copyright B. Grace Jones 2017 All Rights Reserved.

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