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Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
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Hi I'm Dr. Phil
Can i ask your first name?
yes its Jo
Nice to meet you
I'm sorry you don't like your new job
Is there any way you can go back to being a pharmacist?
yes well actually I could ask if I could go back to being a locum pharmacist for the company
why don't you do that?
I don't like the idea of being a quitter though!
Jo, can I tell you a story?
I am afraid that I will regret that decision
yes of course
I work in a city that is basically supported by one huge corporation
about 50% of the city works for this company
One day one of the executives came into my office for depression
He makes millions of dollars per year, is successful and has a huge house
yet, he was depressed because he didn't spend time with his kids growing up
the very next patient was a janitor
when he came in, he said "wow, you take care of Mr. So and so"?
He is a big shot at the company.
I clean his bathrooms
When I asked the janitor how he was doing, he said "great!"
He loved his job cleaning bathrooms, was happy and had a great family
Yeah I would agree totally that money doesnt equal happiness
he exercised, ate right and was happy
so this guy cleaned the bathrooms of the guy who was leading the company and was happy as a clam
life isn't about your position Jo.
but being good at something? Does that make a person happy?
you have to do what makes you happy
I don't know Jo. Everyone is different
that makes some people happy
but not others
yeah thats true. i want to be good at what i do and be happy! maybe thats asking too much?
no, I don't think so Jo
I think that is the goal of life!
Be happy and good at what you do
take pride in your work
However, I would caution you that maybe it is too early
maybe you should give your job more time just to see
If you have the locums as a backup, you can always fall back on that
Yeah. Its just got to a stage where I feel very stressed Monday to Friday
the good part is you always have a backup
very few people have that luxury Jo
to be able to try out a new job and have a backup
Yeah I agree, it's not as if I have no job if I leave.
you have a GREAT job to fall back on
What about the feeling that I am useless at what I am doing? How do I get past that?
I think you need to focus on small victories
Like today I did "this well"
Ok so make the small victories seem bigger?
well they will naturally add up over time
you are really early into this job Jo
4 months is a short time
It is going to be hard.
you have to focus on small things you are doing better
Ok yeah it is early I agree. I think I have lost drive I had at the start
you have to try and stay focused.
keep in mind that you doing a good job means that patients are getting the meds they need
and possibly saving lives.
It is a noble job Jo
It sounds kind of corny but you are doing good for society
and your community
Yeah yours is definitely! Sometimes I see my job as just dishing out meds like sweets. It's hard to see the value in it.
I disagree with that completely
pharmacists have caught many of my misses and actually saved my a$$ a few times
and the patient's a$$
that is why pharmacists make good money. Because we value their job and responsibility as a society
Haha yeah. And vice versa! When the pressure is on at work it seems like you have to see the patient as quick as possible and move on?
lots of pressure and medicines get missed and errors are made
you guys are the last line of defense
No I mean like I feel the pressure and get rushed and potentially miss things too.
Oh yes. I can definitely related.
you can just do your best Jo
Yeah. And what about people management, have you any tips for that because it feels very difficult to be telling others what to do all the time?
it's all about confidence even if it is fake
you have to act like you are the boss and I wouldn't get close with your staff or friends
if you become friends, they won't take you serious
and you have to be straight with them
if they mess up or aren't doing something right, tell them face to face.
Ok I have tried not to be their friend but it gets awkward at times too.
yes, getting used to that position is weird
but you grow into it
and it actually feels good after you are comfortable with it
(This probably sounds as if it's not big problems but they add up and stress me out during the day!)
yeah I would say you do get more comfortable with it.
yes, you do for sure
I think you should try to stick it out a bit longer Jo
Yeah? I think the responsibility for the staff and customers is a bit heavy too don't you think?
I mean patients
But we are stuck with this situation
so we have to tough it out :)
Yeah. so keep looking for the small victories and act confident around the staff. Great advice
That is how I started to run my office and now I am the big boss around there
I was super scared at first
hated the job
but grew into it over time
Haha, sounds good. Do you enjoy it now? I would stick at it if I thought the enjoyment would come
yes, I do
I make decisions, see patients and run the office
It is actually quite fun to run a business once you get comfortable with it
It took me a couple years though to start liking it
I think you will get there too
Yeah Ok. How do you feel in control of your staff? (without being to controlling)
yes but they are always going to dislike you
let me take that back
many of them will dislike you no matter what
you just have to accept that
I find that quite hard you know
yes, I know
it is hard but there has to be a line
you have to separate yourself from them
Im not used to that
you can do what is right and what is fair but you can't be friends
I made that mistake many times
before I learned
Yeah It's hard in a small workplace to have the boundary.
you have to try Jo
they don't have to like you but they have to respect you
Yes its worth a try
did I help you today Jo?
Yeah loads thank you very much
you're welcome Jo :)
I'm happy to help
Any more questions for me my friend?
No but I think it;s worth more time. Thank you
you're welcome Jo
would you rate me positive before exiting?
I greatly appreciate it
Yes I hope your business does good
I hope the same for you Jo