Let’s talk about the big, giant elephant in the room.
In my experience, managing inventory is strife with high turnover, ever increasing frustrations, and lack of standardized systems. It seems that with every inventory manager or even other veterinary team members I speak with, they express frustrations that they don’t feel supported in their position, upper management doesn’t see the value and the importance of inventory management, or that they even feel isolated with a lack of team support.
I also hear cries of frustration when the previous inventory manager left them with a complete nightmare of a mess, and they are so overwhelmed with how to start fixing it. Or even the number of texts and calls they get on their day off that something is out or low, but no one had previously mentioned or signaled it was low.
You are so incredibly valuable to your hospital, every. single. day. you are doing INCREDIBLE work. I want to start the conversation about what is frustrating us, and what we can do to change that. You are already taking the time out of your very busy day to read this article (and I’m honored by the way), so I know that you are seeking change. You know that something isn’t right. Let’s name it, figure out what it is, and change it. Let’s be the visionaries and the leaders of our hospital and our industry that says; no, things can be better. They need to be better for our wellbeing, our hospitals, and our patients.
Let’s challenge the status quo and “the way it’s always been done”. Let’s dare to elevate our practices, our industry, and ourselves into true leaders with clarity, process, and passion. Whose with me?
I am going to pose some questions, and I want you to think about them. Think about your role with in your hospital, and your hospital as a whole. This blog article is the first in a new series where we will be looking at some of the cultural aspects of your role within your hospital, and the steps we can take to improve and elevate the culture of your hospital.
On any given day, you have to keep track of hundreds and hundreds of items, but there isn’t any collaborative team efforts towards inventory management. Why is that?
- Do you feel there is a lack of support in carrying out your role? Is it taken seriously?
- What are some of the roadblocks that you find when you are attempting to excel at your job?
- Do you feel you are undervalued in your position?
- What are the mission and values of your hospital? Do they align with what is actually happening?
- Do you find that you are excited to implement new changes only to be met with fierce resistance?
- Are things set in stone, just because “that’s the way it’s always been done”?
- Do you express the need for help and assistance, but it is met with disrespect?
Below is a link to a very short survey that I compiled, you are more than welcome to take it anonymously, or leave your information. From the results of the survey, I will be writing articles on ways we can fix what’s frustrating and how we can work together to improve them. I would really welcome your feedback and thoughts, and I think it is a great opportunity to air your frustrations in a very safe place.
Of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!