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Can People just let People People be People People?

Strikes me these days, after what DWDavisRSL posted about teachers spending time in meetings, that 'people people' are not being allowed to do what they do best any more.

'People people' enjoy the company of other humans. They enjoy helping them. Nurses, doctors, teachers and police, for instance, really just want to help other be better people. They want to care for or cure sick people, help others learn useful things or find out why someone is driven to commit crime and help them walk away from that influence, thus making the world safer for everyone.

Yet the Government, in its wisdom (should that be 'wisdom', because what do politicians know, after all?) wants all these people to be as well as clinicians, teachers and community service officers.

As very much a NON 'people person', that irritates me. I want a job too, you know. I can administrate the stuffing out of a pile of paper. Plus, it doesn't talk back to me, doesn't tax my brain asking incessant questions and doesn't do things it shouldn't (except occasionally fall on the floor in an untidy heap...)

You 'people people' are welcome to deal with the people who walk through the doors of the hospital, clinic or police station. Just leave me in the office at the back submitting your paperwork. I'll come and find you when I need a signature, all I need is your trust that I can do my job while you get on with doing yours.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on September 26, 2015, 9:54 AM

Too much political correctness anymore. We need to be a race of humans not all of these other labels that are thrown around to divide us now

JohnRoberts wrote on September 26, 2015, 9:59 AM

I am a non-people person content to work alone. It didn't bother me being alone in a file room filing a mountain of paper usually with a radio on. Dealing with people means dealing with crap.

MegL wrote on September 26, 2015, 11:05 AM

And the other way round too. Some people have non-people-people jobs, yet they are being expected to be people people in order to get on in the job or to keep their job. I know a researcher who likes working by himself, doing experiments, even at home and writing them up or reviewing papers. He has a lot of research publications but is going to be made redundant. Yet researchers who have fewer publications, and fewer qualifications but who mix in with others are keeping their jobs.

MegL wrote on September 26, 2015, 11:06 AM

I rather like working by myself too. Even at home, I work best when the house is empty!

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 26, 2015, 11:12 AM

I very much wish there was someone who could take care of the seemingly unending stack of paperwork with which we teachers get saddled. The list of documentation we are supposed to keep up with seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year, leaving us less and less time to actually prepare lessons the students will find interesting and engaging.

Kasman wrote on September 26, 2015, 11:24 AM

JohnRoberts - you are of the same frame of mind as I am. People screw you over for many reasons - give me a quiet room and computer any day!

Feisty56 wrote on September 26, 2015, 12:47 PM

As a nurse, I say, "Amen." The paperwork has become so cumbersome and time-consuming that spending quality time with patients is relegated to the back seat.

AliCanary wrote on September 28, 2015, 4:28 PM

Well, I'm just a part-time people people--uh, person. I love to teach, but I also love the non-talking-back paperwork, as well.