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Why are so many area managers changing jobs?

"An area manager can be a dangerous job to hold in this sector"

The Area Manager has noticed a growing trend across his profession

I’ve been looking at LinkedIn a lot recently and observed how many of my equivalents across other businesses have moved between companies in recent months. It seems to be more common than ever before.

Over the past decade, there’s been a definite shift in the sector. Ten years ago, there would be very few changes among the senior managers in pharmacy multiples. The suits may switch job titles, but seldom companies.

The opposite used to be true in the pharmacies themselves – pharmacists and managers would move around, often very frequently. Usually on the promise of better hours, a different culture, more convenient location or simply a wad of extra cash. There were exceptions of course, but not many.

Now the situation seems to be reversed, as a good job working in a pharmacy seems to be much more sought after, and people hold onto them more tightly and stay in them longer. Sure, there are changes within companies, but much less often between them. Does this mean community pharmacy is now more rewarding than ever, or employers have finally got their offers right? Or is it more sinister, and pharmacists are more fearful of change?

In contrast, head office personnel and area managers seem to move businesses much more frequently than ever before. While I know some of the changes will have been planned, I also know that a great many of these moves will have not have been in the career plans of the individuals even a year ago. It can be a dangerous job to hold in this sector.

One thing that these changes do bring, is a reduction in the differences between companies. It feels like there is less variation between pharmacy businesses than there was 10 years ago. I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Novel ideas and good practices from each company now seem to cross-fertilise much faster, and even the pharmacies themselves now seem to look more similar.

Perhaps this makes it easier than ever for area managers to move into someone else's shoes?

10 Comments

Powerful Locum, Pharmaceutical Adviser

And what is the purpose of this stupid article Mr Area Manager? 

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Well, thats two area managers have read my post!

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

Maybe area managers are feeling the pressures from above, so leaving for pastures new? Thinking that the grass will be greener? lol

C A, Community pharmacist

"One thing that these changes do bring, is a reduction in the differences between companies. It feels like there is less variation between pharmacy businesses than there was 10 years ago. I’m not sure that’s a good thing."

 

It's efficiency I tell you... and of course it's good!

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

'Novel ideas and good practices from each company now seem to cross-fertilise much faster'

Which good practices would those be? And indulge us with these brilliantly original ideas? 

 

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

So come on, answers to two very simple questions please. 

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Researching the minimum you can pay a locum, tying hourly rate to the number of MURs you do - all great ideas.

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

'Does this mean community pharmacy is now more rewarding than ever, or employers have finally got their offers right? Or is it more sinister, and pharmacists are more fearful of change?'

Glad to see you keeping up with your click-bait

 

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

pharmacists and managers would move around... Usually on the promise of better hours, a different culture, more convenient location or simply a wad of extra cash.

No point is there... hours, culture and wages are uniformly c*ap no matter where you go.

 

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Everyone would be glad to see the back of area managers full stop.

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