Most traveling medical professionals report that they are satisfied with their chosen profession. They recognize and enjoy not only the financial benefits, but also the perks, like traveling and meeting new people. But what’s the key to staying satisfied at your new workplace? Knowing how to avoid conflict and quickly adjust to your new workplace is essential to having a good experience.
We’ve already talked about avoiding some of the other potential downsides of being a traveling medical professional, but today we’re going to focus on avoiding conflict and becoming a strong part of your new team.
Fitting in on the team
It’s not realistic to expect every new team of co-workers to become your lifelong buddies. But that doesn’t mean you should go into your new job acting like you don’t care about anyone on the team. And while sometimes it may be uncomfortable walking in on a group that you feel is closely-knit, there’s a lot you can do to fit in. For example:
- Challenge people for the right reasons. Having an issue with someone on the team is okay, but many times, openly confronting them is not. If you’re going to challenge someone on the team, make sure you know what it’s going to accomplish. Will it fix the problem? If so, it’s probably worth talking about. If all you’re going to do is complain, it may be best to sit back.
- Be sensitive about important issues. Like we hinted at above, it’s important to be sensitive about confrontation. While sometimes, conflict can bring about good change, most of the time all it will do it create tension. Be sensitive about how you approach things.
- Find common ground. Above all else, if you have a problem with someone on your team, work through it by finding common ground that you can bond over. You can often work through conflict by figuring out what what unites your team through adversity.
A little introspection can go a long way in making sure you’re not unwittingly contributing to the problem, like being late or coming to your job unprepared, or being unwilling to pitch in with the harder or more unpleasant tasks. Being a positive contributor to the team will help keep you from getting in too much trouble if something goes south, so make sure you’re doing everything you can in that regard.
Healing the problem
Even when your assignment is short, we want you to be satisfied with your work experience. Few problems get better if they are left unaddressed, and for that reason we have a system in place to help you. Employees who have a job-related problem, question or complaint should ﬁrst discuss it with their recruiter or immediate supervisor. At this level, employees and customers usually reach a satisfactory solution, but if the problem or issue cannot be resolved at this level (or if you’re not comfortable discussing the concern with your supervisor), RTG Medical encourages you to contact a member of the Executive Staﬀ.
Though we hope you never have to come to us because of a serious problem like we just mentioned, we do have systems in place in case you do. With that said, most conflicts can be avoided through personal awareness and being proactive.
Working with your team and avoiding conflict in your new workplace is essential, and we want you to be equipped with the knowledge to do so. Following these simple tips should go a long ways towards making you a happy member of the team.