I work for a highly disfunctional healthcare organization. I started out 6 years ago as just a wiz kid in the computer department. Somehow my problem solving skills got me deeply involved with our majorly disfunctional information process between nurses/doctors/billing/ and medical records. I have been knee deep in problem solving the information process between these many departments for over 2 years.
Yet, this entire time, my job description has remained “wiz kid in the computer department”.
Today, I am seen as a respected problem solver for the information process of our organization. We recently hired a team of consultants to come analyze our continuingly disfunctional information process. This is what the team has givin us as one of the solutions:
Create a team with the heads of the following departments: Medical Records Billing Nursing Make Me (the computer department wiz kid) the leader and chairman for this team.
The team will meet every week until our information process is cleaned up to a point where it can meet less often. They are hoping this will only take 6 intensive weeks, but they are dilusional.
Here is my questions:
If you are creating a new and important team in a business:
Does it make sense to say the leader of the team is not responsible for the team’s success?
Does it make sense to put a person in charge of the team who is a staff member, while every team member is a manager? I make $7-$15/hr less then every member of this team I am supposed to lead.
Does it make sense to tell a team leader:
You will organize and run the meetings
You will make assignments to team members
You will report on the activities of the team
Yet, you are not “in charge”, you are not managing, and this does not involve greater “responsibility” for you?
And here is the most wierdly disfunctional aspect of this entire thing.
There already exists a team, let’s call it the BigWig Team, with the exact same make up of this “new team”. This other team has the managers of: Medical Records Billing Nursing. The team leader for this other team makes a full $20/hr more than me!
The BigWig team was created about a year ago. I applied to be the leader of the bigwig team, but I was denied. The BigWig team meets once every 2 weeks, and I just read the minutes from their last few meetings. The minutes were often 2 paragraphs long!.. I have already chaired one meeting with my team and I had to take 2 pages of notes.
So now they have created an alternative team that is an exact replica of “the BigWig team”, put me in charge, asked me to do the dirty work, yet the person who really is in charge of all these departments makes $20/hr more than me.
So what do you think? I am capable of leading this team, but am I right to say I am drastically underpaid to take on this leadership role? Would you ever think of putting a staff member in such a position of authority over managers?
I am looking for advice. I am tempted to say several things:
- “Yea right. I applied for this job, but you didn’t give it to me. The BigWig Team, lead by a guy making $20/hr more than me should be doing this.”
- I can do this. But I will not lead a team with members who make more money than me. (or I will not lead a team that has any member that makes more than (for example) $5/hr more than me.)
- I am not paid enough for this level of responsibility. My job description and payscale do not fit this role. If you with to offer me a new job and payrate, I will consider it.
- I could do the job and hope someday to be rewarded, but I don’t believe in this disfunctional organization that day of reward would ever arrive.
What do you think?