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Your non-lame pharmacy succession plan

The right succession plan isolates your strengths and weaknesses, or depth, while putting you in control of your destiny. Since you are in the driver’s seat, you will have confidence in knowing there is a plan that is onto paper and out of your head.

On paper and out of your head. That’s the simplest way of icing the concerns that we rehearse in our heads about our pharmacy hiring challenges and long-term staffing problems.

What if there were a one-pager that, once drafted, would eliminate the rehearsal of negative thoughts you have about hiring and developing the right people in your pharmacy today (and tomorrow)?

There is one. Every professional hockey team has one. It’s called a depth chart and serves as a map of your future pharmacy workforce. It is a succession plan of where people can take you. A well-designed depth chart allows for seamless interruption of patient care along with decades of people and profession-induced change. In hockey, a depth chart gives coaches a summary of who they have in their lineup, from their top players down to their future prospects. The deeper they are, the longer the gradient of talent on the team, the more confident and capable they are in navigating the future. Essentially, it allows them to constantly deploy a winning team over the course of a long season.

Here is an easy way to draft your pharmacy depth chart, allowing you to sketch out what you have, what you don’t and what you need to find.

Jason chart
Jason chart

First, list the various roles within your pharmacy from highest responsibility to lowest. Then plot the names of all the staff within those roles.

In a column to the right, list their approximate expected longevity in your pharmacy. For example, pharmacist Raph might be with you six months while pharmacist Leo might stay around for five to seven years. Chart this all the way down the chain of staff.

Next, in another column farther to the right, jot down any potential vulnerable gaps within those longevities. These can include anything that brings a potential significant disruption in their continuance of labour. For example, any types of leave, frequency of sick time, or length of vacations and especially those who favour longer holidays.

Now that you have a one-pager of what you have and what you are missing it is time to devise a plan to connect the dots. What internal people need coaching to fill future gaps? Do you need to recruit those people externally? Do you need additional people in a certain role to cover all the vulnerabilities the current workers give. What people within the same role have overlapping vulnerable gaps?

The right succession plan isolates your strengths and weaknesses, or depth, while putting you in control of your destiny. Since you are in the driver’s seat, you will have confidence in knowing there is a plan that is onto paper and out of your head.

Assessing your lineup, whom are you putting on the ice?

How deep is your team?

Do you have a succession plan? Is it the right one?

It's time for some answers.

 

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