Competent employees are given more work duties (and they are stressed about it)

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There was an interesting article by Bouree Lam in The Atlantic (based on research) (2015, May 22) that indicates that competent people are assigned more work duties.  Bourbee points that that it often causes additional stress on the high-performing employee. Bourbee points that that that the competent person is not always rewarded financially for those efforts and argues that mangers should compensate their high-performing employees.

Danny Pettry thoughts: I argue that the high performing employee very well “IS” being compensated more (over the long-run). The economy goes up and down. Sometimes employees are let go. I imagine those drivers (hard-workers) are going to be the ones that will turn out on top (keeping jobs and salary) and probably more apt to be the ones who will obtain new jobs (salary again) if they had to be let go or if the company closed. These drivers obtain the knew jobs because they have already built a Brand Name for themselves as in “Jennifer” is already well-known as being a hard-working, competent, person who gets results. In conclusion: it is stressful. Do the work. Make a great impact on the world. One day when you look back, you’ll more apt be satisfied with what you’ve done. Deal with the stress of being assigned more.

Danny Pettrys advice: Quote: “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Continuing your education and continue building your skills. The knowledge and skills you have today may be okay. However, the world is always changing. Go ahead and learn more to be prepared.

Danny Pettry: My tip for Recreational Therapy mangers: compensate more if you have the power to do so. I’d also like to point out that a lot of research based indicates that pay (extrinsic rewards)  for performance is not always the most effective. Intrinsic motivation is the real key to results. Read Daniel Pink’s Drive or Decie and Flaste’s why we do what we do. Rec Therapy mangers could give small tokens of appreciation: a pizza party, a small gift card from amazon, or other creative things.

The article can be found here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/05/being-a-go-getter-is-no-fun/393863/?utm_source=atlfb 

[Video] – NEW Book: Management Functions in Recreational Therapy

I always enjoy seeing videos of Dr. David Austin (my professor from graduate school) at Indiana University.

Below is a brief video of Dr. David Austin talking about his new book, “Management Functions in Recreational Therapy.” He has co-written it with two really wonderful people.

I [Danny Pettry] am attending a training on management of recreational therapy departments at the 2016 ATRA conf. in Chicago on Sun. 9/10/16. I imagine they’ll discuss this book!

I had taken a general management course at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia one summer that counted towards my degree in therapeutic recreation at Marshall University. I really enjoyed that course. It focused on several key concepts that Dr. Austin discusses in his video. however, that course didn’t focus on the specific management of recreational therapy or about healthcare.

I like that it is in paperback! I’m getting a copy soon!

Here is Dr. Austin’s video:

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