(I sort of got the idea for this from Pharmacy Chick's post about The Perfect Technician)
I didn't say that I am the ultimate pharmacist. I'm far from that. I have a lot to learn in that area. However, I believe that I may be the ultimate employee. Let me explain:
1) I'm single and without kids. There's no outside drama in my life. I don't need to make time for a wife or girlfriend. I never NEED to be home on time. I can just about always stay late if necessary. I don't need certain days off during the week. I'm available pretty much at all times. If someone gets sick, I can be there to cover in less than an hour usually. I don't need advance notice. I don't need to run it by anyone.
2) I very rarely get sick. I get maybe one mild cold per year. In my entire working history, I've never had to call out of work sick. If I'm on the schedule, I will be there... absolutely guaranteed.
3) When I'm at work, I work. I don't bullshit. I'm not there to talk. I don't need 9,000 little breaks during the day. When I'm on the clock, I work hard the entire time. I have no desire to tell anyone about my days off. I don't make any personal phone calls unless it is an absolute emergency. I just work, which is a very foreign concept to a lot of people.
4) I'm not lazy. I don't do things half-assed. When I do something, I try my best to do it right. I never assume someone else will do it for me.
5) I don't shy away from difficult tasks. In fact, I'm always looking for opportunities to try to improve in areas I'm not particularly strong.
6) I don't think I'm too good for any task. At the pharmacy, I have no problem being at the register to help out when we're busy. I'll take the trash back to the dumpster. I simply do what needs to be done without being told and without trying to pull rank on anyone else.
7) I get along with all my coworkers, even the despicable ones. I don't give anyone a reason to talk shit about me behind my back, and even if they do, I don't care. I don't respond to it. I don't treat the other person any differently. I just go about my job because that's ultimately why I'm at work... to do a job. I put all personal feeling aside in the name of doing that job. I do not get involved in workplace drama.
Basically... I have nothing that interferes with doing my job. Throw in the fact that I feel incredibly fortunate to even have a job during such tough economic times, and you get the type of employee you just don't want to get rid of. That's basically my whole goal. I don't take my job for granted. There's this constant worry in the back of my mind that pharmacy jobs will start to dry up, and many pharmacists will be out of a job. I want to work harder and be more valuable than everyone else so that if and when it comes time to make cuts, I'll be one of the last people they'd think about giving the axe.