That is an awesome term isn’t it-energy vampires. I had never heard that before until I was reading “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon and he describes energy vampires as those people who are gifted at being miserable and seemingly try their hardest to make those around them miserable too.
I bet you could name an energy vampire or two in your hospital. Who are the ones that you think about after you leave work? The ones who “if they only would…. Why do they…?”
The point is that though most of you like to fix things and make things better (or you probably would not be in veterinary medicine,) you cannot fix energy vampires! But they will suck away your energy! Some people just like to be miserable and it is not our job to FIX people-only animals. People have to fix themselves.
I was talking to a supervising technician earlier this week and she was telling me that one of her doctors had printed out a previous post I had written about crazy being hard to see when you are living in it. After, reading the post she knew she had to let someone on her staff go.
This technician was completely an energy vampire and becoming a huge drain on the supervising technician as well as the rest of the team. The supervisor finally realized that trying to fix this person was never going to work and she would not let this energy vampire destroy the morale of the rest of her team any longer.
I have never been so happy to hear about someone losing a job-knowing that the team would be much happier without this miserable person, even if it meant they would be short staffed for awhile. It is better to be tired from having to work a bit harder than to be emotionally drained from working with a toxic person.
Energy vampires will suck the life out of you and the rest of your team if you allow it to happen. They can’t help themselves. You have probably talked to them many times about their bad attitude and lack being a team player. You come into work, just hoping they will have changed but odds are it will not happen.
The energy vampire must leave your hospital-it is time to free their future and let them go far away from you and your team. If they are mad, just tell them I made you do it!
Have you ever had to work with an energy vampire? How did it feel when they finally left?