Flexible Solutions for Pharmacy Workforce Management

Rising drug costs, labor shortages, data breaches, and economic pressures mean pharmacies must adjust to an increasingly complex market.1 Added to these challenges is a rising number of retirees and older generations leaving the workforce, resulting in growing shortages around the nation. Pharmacies can combat these challenges with more effective and flexible staffing solutions.

By working with a trusted staffing partner such as Medix, pharmacies are better equipped to find and retain top talent through contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent placements. With customizable options to meet diverse staffing needs, pharmacies can adapt to fluctuating demand, address staffing shortages and turnover, and reduce the costs associated with pharmacy tech staffing. 

Understanding the Benefits of Flexibility

Pharmacy recruiting has inherent challenges. However, flexible staffing solutions streamline the hiring process so you can scale your workforce up or down based on changes in demand. For example, peak hours during cold and flu season or an unexpected increase in patient volume are common challenges many pharmacies face — without adequate staffing and support.2 With flexible solutions, pharmacies are empowered to find and retain qualified team members through our allied talent acquisition process.

Flexible staffing helps pharmacies optimize resource allocation and minimize costs. By using temporary or contract workers during peak periods, pharmacies can avoid the expenses associated with full-time staff, including healthcare benefits, retirement planning, and training. This not only improves cost efficiency but also ensures optimal operation without compromising the quality of service.

Cost-Effectiveness of Medix’s Staffing Solutions

With flexible and cost-effective solutions such as Medix’s staff augmentation, pharmacies and healthcare organizations can access a large pool of specialized talent without the long-term financial commitment that comes with permanent hires. This approach allows pharmacies to build a workforce that stays on budget, as temporary and contract positions can help pharmacies avoid recruitment costs related to permanent placement. Temporary and contract staff don’t require the same overhead, including long-term salary, benefits, and retirement.

The cost-effectiveness of Medix’s flexible staffing solutions also means faster time-to-fill for open roles. Specifically, contract and contract-to-hire placements can offer significant cost savings for pharmacy recruiting. With contract placements, pharmacies can quickly fill temporary talent gaps without the expenses of traditional hiring. At the same time, contract-to-hire arrangements can allow pharmacies to assess a candidate’s suitability before extending a permanent placement, which reduces the risks of increasing turnover and ensures it’s a good fit for both parties.

Customizable Options for Workforce Management

Medix’s flexible staffing solutions enable pharmacies to customize the way they find and bring on new talent. With customizable solutions including contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent placements, pharmacies can tailor their staffing strategies to align with their needs and business goals.

Contract Staffing Solutions

Contract staffing offers pharmacies a short-term solution to fill talent gaps quickly. This flexibility allows pharmacies to find and contract temporary workers, which can help combat labor shortages when additional resources are needed. Contract staff provides a flexible solution for pharmacies looking to reduce costs and streamline hiring practices, especially when covering labor gaps, project-specific needs, or staffing during peak seasons.

Contract-to-Hire Staffing Solutions

Contract-to-hire is another customizable solution that can help pharmacies optimize budgets and maintain talent without obligatory long-term employment commitments — unless a permanent offer is extended. With this flexible staffing solution, Medix helps organizations evaluate and assess candidates’ suitability before making any permanent offers. This can help minimize the risk of a bad hire, ensure staffing solutions meet pharmacy requirements, and help managers navigate budget planning. Should managers choose to extend a permanent offer, contract-to-hire solutions provide the flexibility needed to make it a smooth transition.

Permanent Placement Staffing Solutions

Permanent placements are just as flexible as temporary and contract-to-hire recruitment with Medix’s award-winning staffing solutions. Permanent hires are essential when it comes to critical roles that must remain consistent over the long term. For pharmacies looking at permanent placements, flexible staffing solutions can still provide a tailored recruitment process. With Medix’s expertise, organizations can identify candidates who will align with both the job criteria and the pharmacy’s long-term goals. This customized approach to recruiting ensures a strong match between top talent and your pharmacy’s requirements.

Empowering Pharmacies To Address Staffing Challenges

For pharmacies, staffing challenges, such as labor shortages and turnover, can disrupt operations and impact customer satisfaction. However, Medix’s staffing solutions empower pharmacies to address these challenges proactively by providing access to a pool of highly qualified talent and optimizing cost-effectiveness during staffing transitions.

By partnering with Medix, pharmacies can lessen the impact of turnover and maintain continuity and consistency in service delivery. Whether it’s filling temporary vacancies or talent acquisition for permanent positions, companies are leveraging Medix’s industry expertise to find and retain candidates with the skills and experience they need for open roles.

Partnering With Medix for Flexible Staffing Solutions

Medix’s customizable options help pharmacies optimize workforce management strategies, adapt to fluctuating demand, and address current challenges in pharmacy recruiting more effectively. By partnering with Medix, pharmacy owners and managers can take advantage of trusted industry expertise to maximize operational efficiency, reduce costs, and ultimately deliver exceptional customer care. Discover more flexible solutions for pharmacy workforce management with Medix.

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(1) McKinsey & Company. “Untapped Opportunities for Health System Pharmacies.” McKinsey & Company. November 7, 2023. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare/our-insights/untapped-opportunities-for-health-system-pharmacies.

(2) ASHP News Center. “Hospitals and Health Systems Experiencing Severe Shortage of Pharmacy Technicians.” March 15, 2022. https://news.ashp.org/News/ashp-news/2022/03/15/hospitals-and-health-systems-experiencing-severe-shortage-of-pharmacy-technicians.