So considering all the excitement, I was surprised that my final day ended with a slight feeling of disappointment. I have worked at this job for 3 years, this last year part-time. My fellow colleagues kindly bade me farewell and best wishes. But that was where it ended. I had hoped for a 'thank you for you work this year', ...or a Christmas card with some nice words (as in previous years). Maybe a $10 bottle of white wine would have finished the year off nicely. I'm used to cask wine now so I'm not that hard to please :) We've had to try lots of different ones, you know, in preparation for the trip. (The winner so far? Growers Garden Malborough Sauvignon Blanc - just $19 for a 2L cask).
Was I expecting too much? I just think that if you have good staff you should tell them! I always make a point to thank the girls for their work and tell them when they've done a good job. So as I reflect on my year of work, these are the lessons I'm taking away...
Lesson learned number 1. If I ever have the privilege of becoming a manager/owner I will always try my best to appreciate my staff. A small gesture, or kind word is often all that is needed to cement loyalty and happiness within your staff.
Lesson learned number 2. I've learned that the best way to teach people is to lead by example. If your staff see you treat other people (staff, customers, other heatlh professionals) kindly and with appreciation then they will follow your example proudly.
'The true leader mentors, encourages, and draws out the strength in each member of his team. He acknowledges that any failures are the result of flawed leadership. Yet when the team achieves its objective, he is wise enough to let it become their own individual success story. A leader does not simply lead; he inspires through unwavering word and deed.' - a good quote from a guy named Jerry Dollar.
And so ends my final day of work for quite a while, and I feel satisfied that I have done my best.
I think we pharmacists can all agree that we don't go to work each day simply for the business. Helping people, finding health solutions, seeing my lovely customers and enjoying the staff I work with it what makes me a happy pharmacist.
And with that, my 'rant' is over and my adventure has begun. All disappointment is gone! (Should have started blogging ages ago).
Tell me, how have you been appreciated in your work as a Pharmacist? How does your manager/boss thank you at Christmas time?