Happy Moments in January 2018

The holidays have been absolutely amazing and I had so much time to spend with my family. It was great taking 10 days off, the only other time I had done that was while I was on paternity leave. I did fun things with my family every day and got in to the habit of putting my baby girl to sleep every single night, and now it has been 2 months since I have done that. I will put her in my arms and rock her to sleep while she drinks a bottle, then pop a binkie in her mouth and let her fall asleep. I savor every moment and make sure i am so present, I think about how thankful I am for these moments and savor them.

Angie got me an amazing present for Christmas, daddy-daughter swim lessons. I did my first one in the last week in January and although I was sick as a dog, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It was such an amazing experience and was one of the happiest moments I have had. What a wonderful bonding moment with my daughter, she was so happy and stared into my eyes with the biggest smile and her twinkling eyes. I told one of my co-workers how amazing it was and she said that it was too bad she is too young to remember, but I disagree, I think these moments build that bond stronger between us. We take them into the pool and sing songs while we teach them swimming motions such as kicking, floating and paddling.

Liam has been an amazing big brother and loves to play with his little sister and teach her things. I have a hard time getting him to bed because he just loves being awake so much, as I write this he is laying in his bed and singing songs. I am so happy that I have these two children in my house and it is so fun to hear them talking and babbling with their cute little voices. I love my time with them and never want to be too busy for them. I love being a father and teaching them, but also having fun with them and making them laugh. I love holding Seneca and chasing Liam with him in my arms, this makes them both laugh and scream with excitement.

Work has been great, after a tough year I feel like I am back in action and our full team is firing. The mood is much better and we are off to a great start to the year. I am so thankful for my company and the amazing things that it gives to me and my family. I am so thankful for the Presidents Club trips that allow my family to have amazing experiences. I love that it allows my wife to be a stay at home mother and spend time with my baby. I love the challenges that make me a better person, and the relationships that my job gives me. I love being so close to work, and the home that I was able to purchase. I am excited to leave to Maui in a month from now and am having a blast getting prepared. I plan on riding my bike up Haleakala which is a bucket list item.

Fitness has been great up until getting sick 3 weeks ago. I had some high 1 hour threshold power numbers leading up to that and probably lost some fitness, but hopefully I can get on track soon.

Presidents Club in Puerto Vallarta

What an amazing trip this was this year for Presidents Club. Our company certainly upped the bar with this trip, everything was so well thought out. The Hard Rock Hotel all inclusive was simply amazing, the food was superb, the events were fun. We were worried that the all inclusive would be tacky or cheap but this was not the case.

We let Liam stay with Alissa and Matt and brought him over to their house the night before. It was so exciting getting ready and having such a great trip ahead of us. We went to bed but I had such a hard time sleeping because I was so excited. I probably only got 2 hours of sleep that night. We had to get up at 3:30 AM to get ready to go to the airport, lucky thing we did because Angie’s ticket got accidentally cancelled. Luckily we had such a nice rep at the kiosk who helped us get another ticket for her. I sent an email and they were able to get her taken care of for the parties.

We got into Puerto Vallarta about 2pm and they had a nice greeting for us as we got there. All of the executives were at the front welcoming people in, then there was a nice reception in the hotel lobby with food, photos and gifts. This was such an exciting time for us as so many friends arrived. They were even giving us out $300 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses. We ate a bite of food then finally got checked in, then went down and hung out at the pool for a couple of hours before starting to get ready for the reception.

The reception Rock Star theme party was a blast. They had so many buffet tables out with some great food, and passed out drinks to everyone. The party was amazing with a great rock star band. After the main party, Angie was really tired so she went back to the room while I went out for some adventures with my co-workers. We ended up going to a bar that was in the resort, the band was great and everyone was dancing and drinking the night away. It was great to see some of the team leaders cutting loose.

The next day I was a bit hung over and we just chilled at the pool most of the day. I did a horrible job of putting on sun screen and ended up with an ugly looking burn on my neck and chest. That night we went and did group photos as well as an awards rehearsal, but it was more of a pain than anything. That night was fun because they had some excellent Mexican food buffets out in the courtyard along with some street vendors.

Saturday morning we hung out at the beach and I was able to do some boogie boarding with Mark. The evening was fun to get all dressed up and go to the Awards Ceremony, then Dinner outside then a great ball room dance party, and then an after party at the club. There was a lot to do but Angie and I were exhausted and went to bed at a reasonable time.

Sunday was nice for Angie and she went to the spa for a facial, then we went to breakfast. After breakfast we were able to catch a bus to Puerto Vallarta, but we really didn’t do too much except walk up and down the board walk. It was so hot and humid and we were pretty exhausted from the previous days, that we really didn’t spend too much time in the City, other than to just look around. Later that night we went to dinner with the rest of the team at an Asian Fusion restaurant, then Angie and I walked around outside and enjoyed a 2nd desert.

On the last day, we got everything packed up and then just hung out at the pool for a couple of hours until our bus was ready to pick us up. I had a few drinks and played Pool Pictionary with a friend from work. The flight home took a long time and we almost missed our connecting flight to Utah because we were delayed on the runway for so long. We weren’t able to get home until after midnight, and Liam was so happy to see us and didn’t get the separation anxiety that he had the year before.

It was a great trip but I was happy to be home. I was just so impressed with the quality of food and service at the Hard Rock in Puerto Vallarta.

Chicago

I was so lucky to have the chance to represent CompHealth at the American College of Surgeon’s during the first week of October in Chicago. Mark and I flew out on Saturday the third and went out for some deep dish pizza when we arrived. The next day I went to my first ever NFL game and saw the Chicago Bears play against the Oakland Raiders. It was a cold and chilly game but a very exciting one that went down to the wire.
Monday through Wednesday we worked the conference and then at night were able to go out to dinner with some of the surgeons, we had some fantastic food. I came home on Wednesday night, so happy to see Liam and Angie.

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When I picked up Liam, he said “I want to ride on the alligator”, meaning the elevator, so cute!

Featured on CHG Pulse Website

My first few months at CHG has been flying by and so much fun. I feel like I have gotten off to a great start, found so many new friends, built great relationships and fit in well with the culture. I was asked to share my views for a blog entry on the CHG website, here is the article:

After eight years of running his own business, Simon Parsons joined CompHealth locum tenens in Salt Lake City, Utah as a physician recruiter and appreciates the people-centric culture as well as the support and coaching he’s received since starting here.

“There are so many great things about my experience here that has led me to believe it is pretty close to a perfect fit for me and my personality,” Simon shares.

Read more about Simon’s First Impressions below!

What do you do at CHG, and what do you like about your job? I am a physician recruiter on the CompHealth locum tenens general surgery team in Salt Lake City, Utah — and what don’t I like about my job? There are so many great things about my experience here that has led me to believe it is pretty close to a perfect fit for me and my personality. If I had to pick one thing I love most, I enjoy being in a very positive environment, around pleasant people who strive to do their best and work on personal development both in and out of the work place.

When did you come to CHG? I started in November 2013.

How did you hear about CHG, and what made you want to apply? My wife was looking for a job in early 2013, I was helping her look over some of the best companies in Utah that really strive to take care of their employees. CHG was one of these companies, and I thought to myself “now that is a company that could inspire me to make a change in my career.” I checked back from time to time on the website, read articles and watched videos and learned more about the company. I was very impressed that CHG was ranked No. 3 on Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

In May 2013, I inquired more about CHG from a friend that worked there (Bielle Crump), and she was so busy she didn’t get back to me immediately. I was wrapped up in my busy season of my business, so I didn’t have too much time to think about it. After Labor Day when business slowed down, I asked Bielle again about her experience with CHG, and she said she absolutely loved working there. I hadn’t applied for a job since I was in my teens, but after talking with Bielle, I put together a resume and got it off to her.

Where were you working before you came to CHG? For the last eight years I was running a small business that I started in 2003. Prior to that I was working as a manager at the Salt Lake Country Club, where I was lucky to be mentored by some very inspiring people.

How has working at CHG compared to your other working experience? CHG is the best of both worlds (employee and business owner). I have the ability to use the resources and tools of a great company, but also use my drive and motivation to create my own business within a business. Working as a small business owner can be great at times, but I felt like I was responsible for so many things. I learned a lot about all aspects of business, but now at CHG I can focus all of my efforts in one place. I really enjoy being part of a team and getting feedback, coaching and support.

What can you tell me about your first day? The staff was so welcoming and friendly. Everything was very well planned out with an itinerary of the first week so we knew what to expect.

What has been your most memorable experience so far? The day I graduated from training and started on general surgery was my most memorable experience. For the previous eight weeks, I went through training with five other great individuals, and we all shared different types of success through that time. Our trainers gave us a great sendoff and then we went over to our teams. The first few hours on the team felt a bit strange, but a few hours later my team gave me a mini welcoming party. They also busted out some dance music and made me dance to celebrate the days that I had booked so far.

How have you seen CHG’s core value of Growth in action? I work on the same floor as the CORE training area and every two weeks get to see a new group of people starting a new career at CHG. My training group consisted of six people; the group that came right after us had over 20 people. I have also seen growth on my own general surgery team and am working hard to do my part to expand our share of the market.

How do you know that your work at CHG matters? I get a lot of great feedback from my team, other co-workers and my leaders. Our division also has a weekly meeting called “Making a difference” where we all get to share stories of the people that we or the doctors we work with help. I have had the chance to share a few stories myself, and I imagine as time goes on there will be many more. I also work hard to make sure that I am making a contribution and being the best consultant and teammate that I can be.

Do you have any advice for new or potential CHG employees? During my first week of training, we were able to ask for some advice from a few reps that had been there for a while. I asked this same question to them, and one of them told me that when you start building momentum, make sure you keep running with it. I was lucky enough to be able to get some good momentum during the first few weeks of training, and things have been going well ever since. I always think back to this advice and make sure I am working hard, putting in a solid effort and being consistent.

Graduation Day from Core training

Wow, I cannot believe how fast my 2 months of training at CHG went. Today after 8 weeks, I graduated from CORE and joined the rest of my team in General Surgery. I have to say I have had an amazing first two months there, so many great days that makes me so happy and excited to be there. This week CHG cracked the top Fortune Magazine’s top 100 places to work for the 5th year in a row and I am so excited.

This week went well, I had a great time making phone calls, being excited to go to work, building presents and prospecting to find new doctors to work with. Another exciting part of this week is I got 3 confirmations, something that apparently is very rare. One of the jobs had falloff within a day because of some strange issue with transferring a DEA, but I had another job that ended up to be a perfect fit. It is so strange how a job can come up and get filled so fast. I was actually calling on a particular job, not even thinking about one of the doctors I was working with. I tried presenting him to a separate Illinois job, which fell through, then another urgent job came up, one that I had already worked on, and we were able to put a deal together at the last moment.

This made for an amazing graduation week for me. Coming into CORE, we were told that we needed to get at least 1 present during that time. I was able to get one within the first week, and within 2 weeks I had racked up a five day streak. During the first couple of weeks, there was another guy that was close to graduation, I heard him on the phone and he sounded great. I saw him book some days right before he left CORE and this really motivated me to do the same. As the weeks went by, I got present after present, they started to come so easy to me. I think I left core with about 30+ presents and felt great about that. But the best feeling was not just booking days for the first time, but doing it again before I left.

I have immense pride in doing a good job, and work so hard to do what I need to do to be the best that I can be. To me it is more motivating to be recognized for going above and beyond then financially. I also take pride in being a team player and keeping it real. Today we had a test in the morning then went upstairs for a mini graduation ceremony, and after that we went over to our teams. It was a fun time, we each were honored for a specific strength that we had, and mine was “MVP” which felt great to me!

The first hour on my team felt so weird, but once I got all of my stuff set up, I started getting some calls in and talking with some doctors. I started getting some momentum and found a couple really good leads, as well as got a few deals lined up and ready to go. Towards the end of the day, the team took some time out and gave me a card and had me do my ‘dance’ to get on the team, this is a tradition when you book your first days. It was great and I feel really at home with my team. A lot of people said that it was a hard transition going from CORE onto the team, and I anticipated it might be like that for me, but so far it felt really good, I had a lot of nice people come up and talk with me today. The last part of the day was the best because I was able to have some great conversation with some of the management, they came and congratulated me on my successes so far, and I was even asked to speak next week at the “Making a difference meeting” to tell my story.

Tonight I have been working on different ideas to put myself as far ahead as possible and really keep the momentum going. I realize a lot of this could be beginners luck, but at the same time I have had some good consistency. I am building a database of Grade “A” doctors to work with, and thinking of ways that I can use LinkdIn and other tools to build my business.

 

Booking my first days at CHG

January 10th was the end of my 7th week at CHG and my second to the last week of “Core” training. I feel like I have been getting a lot of traction during training and able to get a lot of surgeons on the phone over the last 6 weeks. This week I really hit it hard in the “Trauma” realm, working a couple of jobs that were fairly hard to fill. This week I was able to find 3 great trauma docs that have very low malpractice and excellent training and experience, double board certified in critical care.

Earlier in the week I was making some calls and came across one doctor who referred me to another amazing doctor, it really feels great to make some good connections. I also found 2 surgeons that are working in the military and have some built up leave time and are ready to do some locums work to make some extra money. I was able to get an excellent present in on Thursday before the end of the day for a 1 week job in February (and 1 week in March). This was a very high paying job, $16K for the week. On Friday right before my last meeting of the day, I checked with the client rep and he confirmed that we had days up on the board.

I was very excited, I wanted so badly to get some days up while still in core, this really meant a lot to me. Our training group has done so well, we all got great presents and half of our group booked days. From what I have heard, it is really difficult to book days while in core, so I think we did a great job all around. I have been a bit slower on my calls, but I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of doctors so I don’t mind at all. One of the girls in our group had landed over 300 phone calls last week, which was extremely high. As for me, I was a lot slower but put in 7 presents for the week, and probably close to 20 for the time I have been in Core.

The new group of trainees came in on Friday as well, there were about 24 of them, which is about 4 times as large as our group. It was fun to see them all, shows that our company is growing quite fast. It was cool to have a couple of the new trainees plug in with me on some phone calls, in the last several weeks we have become so comfortable with being on the phone and now it feels so natural. On Monday I have my “Oral” boards and will be going into my last week of training, also have to do the ‘dance’ during out white board meeting to celebrate my first days being booked. I plan on working so hard over the next few months and doing whatever I need to for me to get my business up to the higher end of the sales team.

This weekend was nice and chill, Angie and I went out to Zest last night but didn’t drink, so we were able to have a really productive weekend. I have been eating very healthy and taking a ton of vitamins. I feel great!