Going from a pharmacy technician to a pharmacy manager is a huge leap. As you take on more responsibilities in the pharmacy, you might need to do more than just take on more work. Becoming a good manager doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years of experience and trial and errors to figure out what works best. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your new career path:
To become the best leader you can be, you should probably start with showing appreciation for the people you spend every day with. Tell them what they have done well and thank them for working so hard. Your employees are more likely to do well when they feel appreciated and noticed, rather than only showing criticism.
Just because you’re a manager doesn’t mean you have to do it all. When you start to think that way, it can easily cause you to become burnt out. Obviously don’t just unload all of your work onto your employees, but find a good in-between. By trusting your employees with more responsibilities, it will make their jobs more fulfilling and your life a lot easier and less stressful!
We know that the pharmacy job life never ends. The phone is always ringing, there are always patients waiting to be helped, but make time for meetings with your staff. Even if it is staying late after work for 30 minutes, this will help you communicate with your staff and get everyone on the same page. Talk about goals, brainstorm ideas and even use this time to appreciate and thank your staff.
4. Keep It Cool
Mistakes are going to happen and even though you’re a manager, your main job is to learn from the problems and fix them in the future. Even though it may seem like a big deal at the time, keep your cool and show your employees that you are ready to tackle the problem rather than dwell on who messed up.
5. Stay Up With The Times
As a pharmacy manager, you’re expected to go above and beyond the normal daily tasks. This also means researching what is going on in the pharmacy world, attend conferences and learn more about how you can serve your patients better, and most importantly, stay up with technology and the internet! Get on social media and promote your business, it’s vital to your success as a pharmacy.