The Authorities recently had a meeting for pharmacists in the tri-county area. It was mandatory. You were not paid to be there, but you had to show up. That's Goofmart Pharmacy.
On the agenda of the meeting was a section on "gratitude."
First they reviewed the definition of gratitude. Despite the fact we are all adults, apparently we needed to be reminded what gratitude means like we're all in Kindergarten.
The poor sucker who had to give this portion of the day's presentations listed what he's thankful for in his life. Some of his choices were:
People I work with, Environment, Income, Benefits, Stability, Opportunity
A few quotes on gratitude were presented, such as one by billionaire Oprah Winfrey:
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
Oprah Winfrey must be the most thankful person alive then.
My favorite was, "Never let the things you want make you forget the things that you have."
So, if you need 60 tech hours, just be thankful you have have 30 hours and shut up.
Finally, the presenter went over what Goofmart Pharmacy expects of the pharmacists with regard to gratitude. Here's a few:
< We need to support the company that supports us
< We should all be shopping at Goofmart Grocery for a majority of our grocery needs and ALL of our prescription needs
< We should encourage our friends, family, and neighbors to support the company that we work for when they can
As you can very well imagine, I take exception to all of this. We're not children. We're paid to do a job, and what The Authorities are expecting is a totality of loyalty. You know what, that concept isn't that bad, granted it is a two-way street.
But here's the problem with the George Orwellian double-speak:
= The Authorities have done NOTHING to foster our loyalty in any way. Tech hours are ALWAYS a problem. When we do get increased tech hours, then we're told they don't have anyone to send to us.
= The grocery's prices are higher than our competitors and we do not get a discount for being an employee. Why would we pay more? Especially when you consider our hourly wage is always increased six months behind our competitor pharmacies.
= Why is it our job to bring in clients? That's your job, corporate. I'll be the pharmacist. You be marketing, ok?
I do enjoy what I do and I'm thankful for what I have. My level of gratitude for the company matches what is is given to me. It's that simple. Telling me that I need to have gratitude for having to deal with "it is what it is" won't fly with me.
Here's a nice article on workplace gratitude. The Authorities at Goofmart Pharmacy might find this valuable: LINK