I used to dread working with Cindy. Cindy was overly critical and found fault in everything I did. And it wasn’t just with me. Cindy seemed to walk around with a black cloud of gloom and doom over her and just loved to rain on everyone’s parade. At a staff meeting when our boss shared that we earned a pizza party because we increased our patient satisfaction scores, Cindy would complain that it wasn’t good enough; that we should all get huge pay raises instead! Or when someone would pass a certification exam or graduate from an advanced program, Cindy would remind her that it was a waste of time – after all, “you won’t get any more money for it!”
But I have to admit my worst experiences with Cindy is when I happened to find myself in the same room with her alone; like in the med room or supply closet.
That’s when Cindy’s true identity as an energy vampire revealed itself.
No more. Set boundaries. Your time is valuable. Don’t give it up to an energy vampire!