Can You Reinvent Your Job Without Too Much Disruption?

Guest Blogger Anne Smallwood, MS, CCRA

Guest Blogger Anne Smallwood, MS, CCRA

We still face a lot of situations where we can’t really change the clinical research job that we hold—participants in (or sponsors of) ongoing studies are counting on us, and often there is not an opportunity for us to move, or we have other constraints. However, we want to be more interested in our work, and we want to become more valuable at our workplace. How do we do that without confusing our colleagues and our boss?

There is an entire industry built around the concept of “change management,” and it says that the jobs we have today may either be gone or done differently within the next decade. Some companies facilitate employees brainstorming about changes to increase productivity or engage new populations—that’s important in clinical research—and these brainstorming activities are designed to let each employee think about one or two things to change that would improve their business. They think about this possibility even before they think about how to achieve that change (e.g., what resources might be needed, and how communication around change can be helpful).

Webinar: Reinvent Your Job: Extend Your Worth and Job Satisfaction – Join Anne Smallwood December 6 for this free webinar for ACRP Members and learn strategies for thinking about your job differently to enhance your organizational worth. Attendees will also learn how to avoid conflict related to organizational change and to create a personal development plan. View Program Details

We can do this ourselves without needing organizational approval—we can think about what change would be most meaningful to us in our unique situation. This gives us the chance to invest in ourselves and our workplace, so that we can enjoy our jobs differently. There’s amazing research that says we are anywhere from 19% to 38% more productive and creative when our brains are functioning at “positive,” as compared to how we are when our brains are at “neutral” or “negative.”

Wouldn’t we love to be that much more productive and creative? I certainly would, and I bet others would like to try.

Author: Anne Smallwood, MS, CCRA