Recently I attended a dental convention where I was able to network with other dental professionals. I was having a conversation with a dental hygienist that was unhappy with her place of employment. She had shared with me that her employer had decided to make a large financial investment into leadership course for the staff. She stated that she would “rather have more money on her paycheck” than have her employer pay for this course.
Was she was missing the point?
We need to stop considering our value in terms of financial compensation. We are more than the dollars that get deposited into our checking account. We are professionals that need to continue to learn, grow and be challenged to become better clinicians and health care providers. We determine our worth, not our paychecks. Sometimes that requires financial investments from our employers that will not result in an increase in wages but those investments usually provide lifelong lessons we are able to utilize forever, not just at our current place of employment. If our employer is choosing to invest in communication training, leadership courses or anything that will help us grow as a person or professional, we should be grateful.
Remember that education and enlightenment is something that nobody can ever take away. It becomes a part of every decision we make in the future in our professional role and personal situations. These investments may not translate to monetary increases but more importantly, they can result in life-changing knowledge that we may never have been able to experience.
Would we all like to earn a little extra money at the end of the day? Absolutely. But we cannot discount the compounding effect of education and self-discovery and how far that can get us in the long term.