(Closed) What little things make your working day worthwhile?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a speech therapist in elementary schools. My little kidlets make my day with their sweet comments and seeing how excited they are to see me. It also puts a huge smile on my face to get a hug from a student who doesn’t work with me and the occasional “I like you. You’re pretty.” comment from the little kindergarten students. 


The kids are the reason I tolerate crazy parents, nutty teachers, and just plain strange admin/principals. 

Congratulations on your new job!

Post # 4
46 posts

Best of luck to you in getting the new position! Negotiate your way to a fabulous new paycheck with poise and a well thought out conversation about what makes you so stellar, why you deserve xxx amount of bucks ~ I’m assuming that the negotiating is a conversation/interview kind of deal?

I work on a dementia unit, and float to other units within the facility. It’s always nice to be greeted with “yay, Ladidah is here tonight!” Of course when I work on the dementia unit the same folks will be very pleased to see me repeatedly, since they forgot that they just saw me a few minutes ago…its a hugfest all evening. Very good for the soul.

Post # 5
5554 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m a nurse,  a night nurse which means patients and family are grumpy when we wake thwm up to do stuff and hell better be freezing over to wake the all-powerful doctor,  nevermind that established policy sometimes requires us to call the doc even when we know they don’t want to hear from us. It also means admin thinks nothing ever happens at night (which is frequently true but not all the time) so they can cut our staff and let days run way over staffed,  even when we get seven admits in the first two hours of shift,  someone going into respiratory arrest and someone else is pulling out their IV and foley cath and another is angry because it has taken an hour to hunt down a pillow. 

But then there are the patients and their families who hug you before they leave because they think you are great, and were so grateful someone was there when all hell broke loose in their lives. The pt who made me cry by being hateful and rude I don’t remember, but I can name about ten patients already in six months that I remember because they had some pretty seruous issues but they are why I became a nurse. 

Post # 6
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Getting harder and harder to put my finger on it lately… It makes me proud when a boss sends out something I’ve done to a larger group as an example to follow. 

Post # 7
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ladyartichoke:  I appreciate that we have air conditioning since we don’t have that at our current home, and the fact that I have a computer that works, since my laptop recently broke down.

I also appreciate the occasional free food (especially when it’s someone’s birthday) and the free water because free water means I don’t have to refill our Brita pitcher every few hours.

My coworkers can be pretty fun to talk to and sometimes we’ll send each other funny things to look at on the internet.

Post # 8
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I work with a lot of school groups and I absolutely love the questions they ask. They make me think about new things all the time. Makes me think there actually is hope for the future!

Post # 9
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Nothing to be completely honest. The work is okay, the pay isn’t great, the drive is not worth it, and I don’t get benefits even though I avg over 30 hrs. I pick up the hours because I need the money but the fact that I don’t get PTO, healthcare, paid holidays like my coworkers who work only 10 hrs more a week than I do really pisses me off. I think the only thing that keeps me going is knowing that as soon as I’m able to work fulltime around my school schedule I should be getting a promotion.

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