Coping with workplace issues is nothing new. Everyone goes through tough situations at their job.
Usually these issues are things like working too much overtime or a boss that has unreal expectations.
How would you like to work in a place where your co-workers all have issues, sleep with one another and often are on the brink of death?
Both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” have dealt with these kinds of things in the past and continue to do so on a weekly basis.
On “Grey’s Anatomy”, lead character Meredith Grey nearly died in a ferry accident.
Another main character, George O’Malley, did die after being hit by a bus in a heroic attempt to push someone else out of the way. He was treated by his co-workers who, due to his disfiguring injuries, were unable to recognize him and only realized his identity upon his death.
Recently, a mass shooting at the hospital claimed the lives of several staff workers and traumatized everyone.
“Private Practice’s” characters have been subjected to a baby stolen from in-utero and a violent in-office rape.
Now these are real workplace issues, they make overtime and a hard to please boss seem like small potatoes.
Shootings, rape and death are the kinds of things that no one wants to deal with, but are the kinds of things that make for good television.
Both shows work hard at not only presenting compelling workplace issues, but showing the human side of these issues and how individuals deal with them.
To deal with stress, “Grey’s Anatomy” pals Christina Yang and Meredith Grey often ‘dance it out’ when they feel the need. Christina and her former co-worker, now husband, Owen Hunt, calm their frayed nerves by standing over a massive steam grate that sends a rush of air over them.
While no one wants to face these kinds of things, if you did you’d sure want co-workers like the ones on these shows. While they all have their personal problems, they come together to help each other out.
On “Private Practice”, the recent brutal attack and rape of Charlotte King has sent all of her co-workers to very different places in their attempts to handle their feelings and help her at the same time.
And help her they are. Each has reached out in their own capable way to support her in her recovery.
While the workers on these shows seemed plagued with an unusual amount of workplace issues, the plots, particularly the personal aftermath of each incident, is well portrayed.
While “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Seattle Grace/Mercy West Hospital and “Private Practice’s” Oceanside Wellness may seem like incredibly difficult places to work, it’s the personnel that make them stand out.
Don’t you want co-workers who really do care about your personal well-being enough to extend themselves to you in a time of need?
It seems that’s really the most important issue at any job, no matter what the setting.
So, the next time the copy machine jams when you need to finish a huge presentation for a meeting that’s in ten minutes, take a step back, do a dance or find a steam grate if you need to, and remember that it’s not life or death. It’s just a bunch of copies. You and your co-workers can laugh about it later.