I very rarely talk about my job for the NHS now this is because I try extremely hard not to have my personal life collide with my professional life but I just wanted to touch on what being a Mum and a Manager has been like for the past 9 months.
To gain a Managerial position in the NHS is pretty tough and especially as a single mamma I’ve not had the easiest transition. There’s been so much to learn in a short space of time. For the most part I actually love my job and love my team. I’ve been blessed to work with an enthusiastic bunch of colleagues who are open to change and developing our service.
I don’t often say this but there is literally something special about each member of my staff and I can literally see this spark in each of them.
I also enjoy the different personalities, it’s been interesting watching myself adapt to each person. For the most part I think I’ve taken the approach of being fair and approachable not to say I’m trying to be everyone’s best friend but I certainly don’t want to be the manager that everyone hates and avoids.
From many different jobs I’ve experienced good Managers and bad Managers and I literally treat all staff the way I would want to be treated. I am very mindful that to many working mums (like myself), their job is their only break from parenting and i feel it should be an enjoyable experience.
I literally go above and beyond to try and keep my team happy. I’m not even sure they know how much I value them, nor am I about to get soppy and have a team meeting to tell them but so far I’ve been lucky.
Being a mum and a Manager I do find more challenging. I’m exhausted all the time because when I get home there’s still work to do. It’s tough and the kids don’t complain (although sometimes I wish they would). I would say it’s taken about 6 months to finally feel like I understand what is expected of me and I reckon in total a year to feel comfortable as a manager and settled as a mum. Each week I’m getting better. My kids are engaging with me more ❤️
What’s your thoughts on Managers or being a Manager? Any Tips??