Are You Able to Do Your Best Work Everyday?

“At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.” That’s one of the 12 questions Johns Hopkins Medicine uses to measure employee engagement. This week, we want to know how you respond to this important question. Are you able to do your best work every day? Please share your story and tell us why or why not?

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Rose March 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I feel very blessed to have the opportunity of my job also being the very thing that is my passion and gift. I am a Community Support Assistant with the Capitation Program under Creative Alternatives located at 1821 Portal Street. Here we are a branch of Community Psychiatry and that means on a daily basis I interact with clients that are physically/mentally challenged and in recovery from various issues. I and others assist them in whatever area they may need help in. Those areas encompass assisting them in getting groceries, better housing, employment & educational training, clothing, medication, etc. All in all we help them to live better lives. I do almost the same thing in my personal life as a true missionary in my church. It is my desire to help anyone and everyone that will accept my help because after you hear a person's story you can't help loving them.

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Rossy March 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

So far I am not able to do the best thing that I love to do, that is taking care of patient,is being one year ,since i was diagnostic with breast cancer,but i hope to be back soon to do what i love most. I believe that all this, that happens to me is a test, that GOD send to me, so hopefully i will be back. Everything happens for a reason.

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Moncerrat Orue-Roche February 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Definitely because the nature of my job,(I am a Medical Interpreter),doing the best I can be able to do is not only a matter of free choice, but a commitment and a responsibility. I think that, when we have that attitude, my duties are easier, help people or giving some words of comfort even a smile, make my job easier always. Sometimes I have to deal with people who are not as nice or helpful as I expect and also sometimes there are patients (the least) or parents who are not easy, but when that happens I try to understand them, the stress of the job or being sick, and I show them that I am on their side and there to help them, that help me to smooth my interaction with them and do my best in each assignment.

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Jennifer February 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

Yes, I get to do what I do best most of the time. I feel very fortunate. I am able to get out and meet people and work with managers and supervisors to help them get better in their role. I also get to work with teams to help them work better together. Every day is different, it keeps things interesting.

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Susan February 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

There are days when "I'm just not feeling it" but I have to put that aside for the patient sitting across the desk from me. I might be scheduling my 1000th surgery but for them, it might be first surgery they have ever had. When I am able to put it that perspective, it's easy to feel compassion and empathy and put how I'm feeling on the back burner.

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Bonnie C February 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

I generally have everything I need to do what I do best, but there are times when equipment failure, or protocol, stand in the way. I generally use a Macintosh computer for my job, but have to have a Windows computer on my desk as well, since a lot of software necessary to do my job is only available on the Windows platform. This baffles me, since the software bridges the gap between my Windows computer and a Linux (or Unix) server, and I know my Macintosh can easily communicate with Linux or Unix. Why no invest in true cross-platform software (I'm in radiology and can use image viewing software on both computers) and allow the users to use whatever computer they want? (The example I give is that if a person wants to buy a Buick or a Toyota, they can put either BP or Mobile gas in it, and still drive from Baltimore to Akron.)

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