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Work Tips: Being a Follower at Work Is Not All Bad 

Most bosses are looking for leaders and not followers in the workplace, but contrary to that belief, being a follower at work is not necessarily a bad thing.  A follower can offer many good qualities.  They can be quite productive in a job and helpful in working with a team of individuals.  Here are some suggestions for followers so they can be a success and not blend into the woodwork of their job: 


  • Initiative and support.  Showing imitative and support to your boss is a way for you to shine in your caring nature and supportive side.  Being a blind follower will not get you anywhere, but being a follower that supports and offers advice for projects and team efforts will be remembered by the boss. 


  • Candid feedback.  Followers may give suggestions when needed and also bring up issues that may have been side-stepped by others.  There is a polite way to identify such slighted issues and a not so polite way to address concerns.  Take the polite approach.  You will gain your bosses respect and respect of the team as well. 


            Working as a pharmacy technician is a team effort and without the technician the business of pharmacy can suffer.  The pharmacist and staff are more stressed because of work overload which can lead to medication errors and indirect patient harm.  With this in mind, bring a fresh perspective to your inner follower and show them what you can do to make the business of pharmacy and healthcare a success.  




1.  Working Mother Reports.  “The Upside to Being a Follower at Work.” Working Mother Magazine.  Web.  Date of Access:  26 Jan 2014. 


2.  Pelletier, Jen.  “To Be a Good Leader, First Be a Good Follower.”  Ohio State University SAIL Conference.”  Web.  Date of Access:  26 Jan 2014. 



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