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  • Lian Yun-Perng, Physiotherapist

Does it matter who you work with/for?

I was having a conversation with one of my PT friend that worked in a hospital. She was complaining about the amount of non-clinical work she had to do and how her Head of Department (HOD) acts like a boss more than a leader. I agreed with her that we would like to be lead instead of being directed but I also believe that some people develop into a boss as a result of past experience.

For example, I live in Malaysia so most of us are used to being told what to do and even how to do it because the environment is as such: When we are given autonomy, we tend to do it wrong or we just produce unacceptable work, and not many of us can handle autonomy as we were not really autonomous throughout our lives. Therefore, it is by my opinion that some leaders/bosses work the way they work as a result of past experiences to ensure that operations are smooth with little hiccups.

Secondly, a thought came to me about the people that worked around us. We are normally surrounded by lovely and friendly colleagues when our bosses aren't necessarily the nicest person on earth. In contrast, we will get mean/ less supportive colleagues when our bosses are nice. The only possible reasoning I could think of was this. Everyone thrives and survives in a good environment but only nice people remain employed under insensitive bosses.

These are all just my thoughts. =)

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Lian Yun-Perng  

UK Qualified Physiotherapist
Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Keele University, United Kingdom
Diploma in Physiotherapy

AIMST University, Malaysia

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