In today’s job market, loyalty to a company is of less importance to workers than looking out for what’s in it for them. You might find that it’s a similar scenario in veterinary practices. So once a clinic owner hires an employee that is an asset to the practice, what can they do to keep them happy on the job?
The simple answer is to create a workplace they don’t want to leave. There are several ways to do that:
- Create a well-rounded team – Be strategic when hiring to ensure the new employee’s personality and work practices will blend well with those already on staff, as well as bring new skills and knowledge the practice may be lacking.
- Provide a positive work atmosphere – Offer regular team and individual meetings to provide feedback, answer questions, or address conflicts. Also, help employees maintain a work/life balance to prevent burnout and keep them happy to return to work. Fun activities and social mixers are other ways to keep the staff having fun!
- Encourage professional development – From technicians to associates, work with your staff to create career goals and ways to achieve them, including continuing education, mentorship, or additional hands-on training.
- Competitive salary – That includes hourly/annual wages and a healthy benefits package.
One last suggestion, to keep employees for the long term, consider offering financial incentives or even an option for buying into the practice.
Are you struggling to find the right people to hire for your clinic? I’d love to talk with you and explain how my team has earned a 93% success rate in presenting quality candidates to our clients within the first 90 days of the recruitment process.