Handling the “Write-Up” You Do Not Deserve.

stressful job

If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

~Winston Churchill

Some coworkers are very complex and love to write people up.

I call them “write-up happy.” They will write you up for the smallest mistake so that you almost feel like you can’t even sneeze in their presence.

They will write you up for taking five extra minutes on your fifteen minute break or for letting the telephone ring four times before you answer it.

This causes a lot of stress in the work environment, and once others know you are in trouble, they may start to whisper about you.

If you have not had this experience, then count yourself lucky. However, it happens to the best of us, so be prepared with what to do when the time arrives.

There are some things that you can do before meeting with your boss.


Be Prepared

Prepare yourself prior to meeting with your supervisor or boss.

Plan to remain calm and composed and not to argue.

Have your facts straight, and make some notes. Depending on the situation, you may also want to gather evidence.

When you plan ahead, your mind settles down and it’s easier to think straight.


The Meeting

During the meeting with your supervisor, listen to what they have to say.

Discuss your concerns and state your case.

Make sure you address the write-up. This is very important.

Don’t assume that things will miraculously disappear after your meeting with the supervisor. These write-ups end in your employment file for future reference.

Do not allow yourself to feel intimidated if you know that you did nothing wrong or that it was a trivial matter (like letting the phone ring four times).

If the supervisor is unreasonable and continues to blame you, then follow the chain of command and take the issue to the person at the next level.

You should know what your employee policy says about unfair treatment.


What to Avoid

Avoid blaming yourself. Some of you like to take on the martyr role. This is unnecessary.

Be confident, and do not allow yourself to feel like everything that happens to you is your fault.

Remain positive.

There is power in being positive.  When you maintain a positive mindset, you tend to see things from a more objective point of view, and positivity gives you more confidence.


Move On

Situations, issues and problems are part of having a job and working with people.

This is common in the health field, because nurses interact with coworkers from different disciplines.

Do not dwell on the issue. Let it go and move on.

Share the experience with a trusted friend for moral support. This will let you see things from a different perspective.

Look at it as a learning experience.

When you are not working, do something that inspires you, like reading an interesting book or watching an exciting movie.

A spiritual book you can read to calm your stress is Reflections and Prayers for Nurses

As Winston Churchill said; “keep going.”


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