“I’m not in it for the money” Internal Conflict

February 4, 2020

You may have heard this statement from members on your veterinary team, “I’m not in it for the money,” creating internal conflict about money. While interviewing veterinary team members for job positions, they will make the same statement, “I’m not in it for the money.”

When was the last time you expressed this statement or a similar belief?

Maybe you can help me. If a team member states, “I am not in it for the money,” are they attempting to be unassuming and not appear “greedy?” Or do they really not want to make a fair wage?

On the other side of the coin, I hear from all levels of the veterinary team that this profession doesn’t receive comparable wages, especially compared to human medicine. Thus the same team members who are expressing the limiting belief about money may also state, “I want to make more money.”

Can you see the turmoil and inner conflict this is creating for team members, leaders and managers? It is such a sad dilemma.

I get it, kind of. I understand it, a little bit, that our passion for helping animals overrides the desire to be a millionaire. However, do team members realize they are setting themselves, and their team, up for failure when fully engaging in the idea, “I’m not in it for the money?” This statement establishes internal conflict and is one of the most crippling, limiting beliefs a veterinary professional can make.

As a steward of the practice

As a steward of the practice’s success, the manager and owner needs team members that value their skills, talents and contributions, working together for the prosperity of the clinic. Our culture still identifies monetary rewards for  levels of work and services. Having a lower belief of generating income for oneself may transfer to generating less income for the clinic as well. This limiting belief about money (not wanting it) may create an unhealthy work environment.

Recognize, as a veterinary team member,  you are a GREAT ASSET, worthy of recognition, and carry that belief forward, instead of “I’m not in it for the money,” generating an almost negative, worthless attitude.

I feel the healthier approach to embrace is that of “I am a valued member of the veterinary team, formally-trained, compassionate and engaged. With my fellow team members, we offer valuable veterinary services for our patients and their pet parents.” That is a far healthier approach, full of truth and respect around the idea of exchanging money for a valuable service.

Consider  this topic at an upcoming team meeting; Financial Stewardship being a Team Sport. Talk about the incredibly valuable and desirable veterinary services your practice provides. Identify the importance and relevancy of each team member; the incredible skills each person brings to the table collectively providing valuable veterinary care. Together, with compassion and an extreme amount of tender loving care, we provide appropriate medical services for an exchange of money, creating a healthy work environment in prosperity.

I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this concept. How do you help your team members create a healthy relationship with respect to receiving wages for their valuable services? CATALYST VetPC is available to facilitate the conversation (on-site or virtually) with your team. Sometimes, an objective, outsider view can create a comfortable space to talk about “taboo” topics, like money.

Yours in Prosperity,
Rebecca Rose, CVT
Certified Career Coach
CATALYST Veterinary Professional Coaches