How to Deal With Poorly Performing Medical Coworkers

Medical Coworkers

In any workplace, there are bound to be some people who just aren’t doing the job the way they should. Most times, they’re only hurting themselves by acting that way, but sometimes their poor performance can begin to affect you and your other coworkers. It’s at that point that something must be done. The question then becomes how to handle this lazy coworker correctly. Today, we’ll give you a few pointers to help you do just that.

Identify Toxicity in the Workplace

The first step is to figure out which coworkers are the problem. Granted, there are times when any one of your fellow nurses or doctors could get under your skin, but sometimes it could just be that they’re having a really bad day. It may not be a “toxic coworker” situation. However, others are big problems and you need to be able to spot them. Look for coworkers that are habitual chatterers, those with whom you can’t seem to get a single word in edgewise. Also, take note of those who try to shift blame to others or don’t complete assigned work in a timely fashion. Others might tend to gossip which can do far more harm than good in the workplace. Being able to identify these problem spots is the key to learning how to correct them.

Keep Your Vision Clear

When you encounter a troublesome coworker, your initial reaction is often shock or dismay over how they’re acting or what they’re doing. Before you go racing off to the boss, make sure you let that shock wear off. Then you’ll be able to get a clear view of the situation without letting emotion cloud your judgement.

Take Appropriate Action

Once you’ve identified the problem, be it a nurse, ward clerk, doctor, or other staff member, it’s time to take action. Don’t hesitate or procrastinate. It’s better to move on the issue sooner rather than later. Your first step should be to confront the coworker causing the issue. Do so confidently but kindly, and let them know what the problems are. Make sure it’s done in private. You don’t want to make a scene in front of your other coworkers or your boss. Maintaining confidentiality is the best way to ensure the issue is addressed and both parties can move on without difficulty. Only escalate the issue to the boss if your initial conversation is unsuccessful.

Aim for a Positive Outcome

Don’t just go after the problem co-worker to put a stop to them. Also try to learn from them and about them. In the medical profession, getting along with your fellow doctors and nurses is tantamount to success. If you do have to confront a poorly performing coworker, use that conversation to learn about them , and try to see things from their point of view. Granted, you might not end up being the best of friends, but you might gain a little better understanding of them which will make it that much easier for you to work with them going forward.



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