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    Top 5 Spookiest Things Pharmacists Face

    It’s Halloween, which means it’s time to take a close look at the creepiest things affecting pharmacies.


    Boss with stuffed employees

    1. Customers and Bosses

    Let’s face it, for all the terror that clowns and pill dispensing robots bring, nothing can compare to having to tell a patient yelling some variant of “I was at my doctor 10 minutes ago and she promised me that my meds would be ready now” that sometimes it takes a while to get their medication ready.

    Nothing can compare to that terror, except maybe the terror of a terrible boss. Take this example from a reader:

    “I had a boss who could not describe what he wanted or give you any example to go by. He wanted you to create something and would only give very vague instructions. He did not know what he wanted until he saw what you prepared and then would know immediately that was not at all what he was looking for or even close. With only a few more vague instructions, he would have you re-do your work. Usually after about 5 times, he would sigh and say, ‘Okay, well I guess this is as good as you can do.’

    During all of this my father was dying and I was his sole care giver. My boss talked me into not taking a family medical leave because of the projects we had due. We agreed I could work from home. That year during my annual performance review, after no comments from my boss previously, my boss gave me a bad evaluation—saying that I was not performing to expectations and cut deadlines too close. He also said that he had to push me to submit acceptable work. At the time, I was so involved with my father's care that I did not complain to human resources and I still regret it to this day. I should have protested the review and told my side of the story.”

    This Halloween, take caution. Stay away from clowns, smash robots, keep your candy bowls in safe places, and stand up for yourself. All of these things might seem scary, but hopefully, like Halloween itself, they only last for a night. 

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