Monday, September 22, 2014

The Authorities DEMAND Gratittude

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


bcmigal said...

This is indeed a great article but you are preaching to the choir. The overlords could care less about the well being of their "employees". They worship the god of speed and demand loyalty to the adoration of the "metrics". Those who don't comply are coached, counseled and eventually led to the sacrificial altar. Patient care is never mentioned. The practice of pharmacy is a relic. Anyone who complains about the lack of tech help is told to "just work harder." I will be grateful when I end my shift confident that I have not hurt or killed anyone.

Unknown said...

And dont forget to express gratitude to the robber lol

Don said...

Wow Crazy! Just when I think I've heard it all, you come out with something crazier!

You guys sound SO screwed up!

If it's "Mandatory" they pay you to attend. If they aren't paying, they can go F. themselves, and I'll spend MY TIME doing what I like. It's a simple system.

You're an employee. If you have to attend a work function. CHARGE THEM FOR IT! Until you guys start pushing back. Expect to keep getting treated like poo!

Also, the whole US medical system where the majority of it is tied to your employers? So that you're afraid of dying or going medically bankrupt as another barrier to changing to a better job. Man the ruling classes have really done a number on you guys!

I can never believe the brainwashing of your countrymen I see all the time. Socialized medicine where the government provides medical care? What's so wrong with that? Imagine it like it currently is, but without paying extra for the profits of the industry.

Here in New Zealand, we have sort of a mixture, with the government (through taxes) providing most of the system, and we paying a charge of about NZ$32 (2 hours of the minimum wage here) for a doctor's appointment on the same day. Prescription charges are capped at $5 an item for a 3 month supply for practically all medicines, and there's no insurance for you to process.

Although I can get private insurance and I just pay the chemist as normal and send the receipts in to my insurer and they credit the money to my bank account.

Private medical insurance is available and is often apart of an employment package, and allows you to see someone faster for minor complaints.

I have private specialist & hospital cover insurance, for about $100/month. (Again. 6.5 hours of minimum wage here)