The Weekly Roundup: Rules of Attraction (4.26.19)

April 27, 2019 | Pamela Youngberg

“Often staying successful is about learning and changing rather than sticking to the tried-and-true.” —Dane Holmes, Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

This week, AARP and McDonald’s announced a program to help fill a quarter of a million seasonal jobs and a pilot program designed to match low-income seniors with jobs. When Goldman Sachs faced a recruiting crisis, it took two key steps to make sure it was reaching the best talent available: It widened the funnel to capture a broader range of applicants and identified the key competencies required to succeed at the firm, then stuck to structured questions to get at those competencies.

Hiring well is as critical (if not more so) in small business. One of our Sterling pharmacists has some good advice to share on finding the best and brightest for your pharmacy. Here are some ideas for using social media to attract candidates. Attracting talent is an investment and—even summer help—can have a lasting impact on your organization. (Our Sterling pharmacy in Worthington, MN, hired a young Jeremy Johnson for the summer in 1994, and he later decided to go to pharmacy school. Today, he is Smart-Fill’s chief operating officer!)

Here are some other stories that may be of interest:

  • Is everyone in your pharmacy working at the top of their license? Here are some tips for garnering more support for your smoking cessation programs.
  • Asthma and allergy patient advocates weigh in on drug pricing transparency.
  • A new “Remove the Risk” public education campaign regarding opioids was announced this week. Check out the resources available for your patients here.
  • Have you been getting in the spirit of a new election cycle? Here’s a fun tracker. Meanwhile, don’t forget: Perhaps the best way for the pharmacy industry’s voice to be heard is to run for office.
  • Next week begins National Stroke Awareness Month. Share this free audio program with your patients to help them understand the connection between vascular health and stroke.

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Pamela Youngberg

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into cycling, renaissance history, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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