The Great Resignation
About a year ago, a friend of mine asked me how I know when it’s time to hire another technician.
I responded that we are ALWAYS hiring. If we find a talented professional who fits into our culture, we do our best to bring them on. Almost certainly a vacancy will open in the next few months and voila, the hire is justified.
COVID has changed life forever. Many people, including pharmacists, technicians and support personnel have chosen to give up their careers during the pandemic in favor of other ones or better “work/life balance” (meaning no work and lots of “life”). As hard as we try to recruit and retain people, it seems like an impossible task.
As a result, we have had to change the way we conduct business. We’ve had to shorten our hours, reduce our services, and significantly increase wages without a corresponding increase in reimbursement.
How can we find qualified candidates to work in our pharmacies? Many of us use Indeed, ZipRecuiter, LinkedIn Jobs and their ilk, but these don’t work very well: most of the candidates we get are either not qualified or not interested.
I was excited to learn this week that APC is launching a career center. We partnered with Nayler to develop a nationwide platform that connects qualified, interested professionals with your available positions. There are already 503 pharmacy-specific jobs posted on this site. If you have openings to fill, I hope you take the smarter, easier path and post them on APC’s Career Center.
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David Miller is APC’s president and the managing co-owner of Keystone Compounding Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.