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Coworker Complaint

Published December 11, 2015 3:54 PM by Toni Patt

"No good deed goes unpunished."

I learned this week how true that saying is. A couple of weeks ago I gave a new graduate therapist a piece of advice. I thought I was telling it to him in confidence. I didn't think much about it. I didn't want him to get caught up in a situation at the facility.

It seemed so simple and unimportant. In fact I forgot I had said anything until I received a call from the company HR department. It seems the person I spoke to shared what I said to others. One of those others didn't like it and complained about me. Now I'm the one in hot water.

Actually scalding, boiling water is a better description. There was no malicious intent in what I said. I might have worded it differently but the intent was to be helpful. Somehow this has been turned around and I am the bad guy.

Maybe we're beyond the water analogy. Last Saturday, I had to put down my beautiful horse Allie because of an infection in the bones of her hoof. We waited until the weekend so I could be there. The decision was made the day before that fateful phone call. When it came, I wasn't in a place where I could handle more drama. I doubt I was very likable on the phone.

I made a mistake. The price is going to be high.

Toni's Horse "R Ms Chips" AKA "Allie"

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What's got you so spooked? You gotta give more details. It cannot be that bad.

Robert Halkovich, PT - CEO, LRH & ASSOCIATES December 16, 2015 8:18 PM
Chicago IL

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