Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What you Want and What you Think Is Important

Vision statements in my experience have always been a source of confusion. Is it what you want or is it what you want to happen?
In reading the assigned article this became a constant thought. In my current job in the  clinical research industry, the selection of research volunteers as outlined in the clinical protocol ditates that volunteers meet certain eligibility standards, thus valuing the overall quality of the participant in terms of health status as the most important. However, in the research industry, attaining your desired number of selected volunteers is also of the uttermost importance. This can be a issue when a research site encounter hurdles in achieving the desired number of participants especially if the population is generally unhealthy.
In my work environment I have seen a switch in what is valued ( number of volunteers and quality) depending on the need for the study and the timeline that is needed to achieve this. Hence there is no core value or understanding in our work environment that directly states which of these two approach are the most valued when recruiting research volunteers. This lack of understanding has cause internal conflict over time between employees and senior management. The lack of a vision statement that directly relates to this is nonexistent.

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