I was searching for a suitable image and saw this. I could not pass it up.
Well, perhaps 3 of the 300 (between 260 and 320) who read this today will do this, but the rest of you will say, JP has a terrific observation. He is simply asking me to wake up and pay attention. He thinks that I should look out for my own welfare. It is good advice. I should do this. But…Will you?
I keep reading here stories of good, veteran pharmacists who are being replaced, assigned to the float team or have their hours cut. This is after years of being loyal company men/women. You worked extra. You missed hundred of lunches. You took your vacation at the worst time of the year, when your kids were in school. You worked when your daughter had her dance recital and your son had a game. You put in 14 hour shifts until your knees locked with pain and your back seized. You are 6 feet 2 inches (or 5 feet 2 inches) and the pharmacy computer terminal is permanently set for someone 5 feet 8 inches. You do everything they ask. You work hard. You go home exhausted and jump your spouse because he/she didn’t make you what you want to eat at 10:30 PM. And this is all of the every day stuff you do.
You agree to extra projects and work hard, using your intelligence, education and experience to create value. What do you get? A big ATTABOY. That’s it. You feel good for a minute, but there is a nag in the back of your neck. What the?
You failed to ask yourself the question: WHO BENEFITS. Who benefits from everything you do? Is it you? I know, you laugh so hard you hurt yourself. If all of the extra effort is not benefiting YOU, why the fuck are you doing it? Oh,I suppose that they make you believe that it is your job. Bull shit. We all know that your only job is to run the Prescription Mill as fast as you can. Actually, faster than you SAFELY can. As far as your company is concerned, you are supposed to keep your mouth shut, your ears closed and your eyes straight ahead.
I don’t want to labor this, but can you see value of asking yourself, “What do I get out of this? Who benefits if I put my ass out there to get this done?” If the answer is not ME, why do it? Why do it over and over again? That is a serious question and I’d like to now why I DID IT for three decades when I was the manager of a drug store and then pharmacy departments. For ten years, I was in a bonus situation and I did well. Anywhere from one to two grand a quarter, but my pharmacy was turning a 43% Gross Profit in the early 1980s. Still, the company benefited more than I did.
I suggest that you keep a score card. When you go over and above, ask the question and put your answer in your score card. After you have been suckered a half dozen times… stop doing it.
It all starts with the question: Who Benefits.