Why Enter the Awards?
At a time when recruitment and retention of vets and nurses is a real problem for practices, being recognised by a wellbeing award will:
- boost staff morale
- raise your profile as a good place to work
- inspire other practices throughout the UK and beyond
Winning and Highly Commended practices will receive a dedicated logo and certificate for display. The winners in each category receive two registrations and banquet tickets for SPVS/VPMA Congress 2019.
Should your Workplace Enter the Vet Wellbeing Awards?
Dr Elinor O’Connor, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester, worked with SPVS and MMI to develop this year’s Vet Wellbeing Awards and will also be an Awards judge. She is encouraging veterinary workplaces to enter the awards, including those that are unsure whether to apply, perhaps because they feel they are taking just a few actions to support colleagues’ wellbeing
“In my work with the veterinary sector, I often hear it said that vet professionals are perfectionists. However, your workplace does not need to be perfect to be eligible for a Vet Wellbeing Award! Just one or two initiatives to support wellbeing at work can make a substantial difference to psychological health. A good example that I came across recently is a small animal practice that makes sure that the team has a shared lunchtime. Not only does this give colleagues a chance for a break and some food during the long working day, but it also enables them to provide a listening ear and be a source of advice for each other. This sort of informal social support in the workplace can have real benefits in helping people deal with some of the demands of veterinary work such as managing challenging cases and working with difficult clients.”
So if you are wondering whether your workplace should enter the Vet Wellbeing Awards, remember that you are not required to provide detailed responses to every section of the application form. It is the quality rather than the quantity of actions your workplace takes to support wellbeing that matters.