I looked at case studies of past winners on the awards’ website and picked up new ideas, some of which were quick and easy to implement, others are still work in progress. Entering has been a very positive thing for the whole team as a great deal of collaborative reflection went into the process and we were pleasantly surprised by how much we were already doing; we just weren’t calling it ‘wellbeing’.
Winning the Wellbeing Award is recognition for the effort that everyone in the practice has put into looking after the team as well as we look after the animals we treat and their owners. A recognition that our people are as important as the clients.
We are delighted to win a wellbeing award as it gives recognition to how importantly we view the health and happiness of our staff. We have committed heavily to initiatives and processes that promote wellbeing and it is fantastic to have this acknowledged independently. We hope that by winning the award it gives the team further confidence that we are dedicated to creating a nurturing and supportive culture.
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.
Taking part will in itself help you assess your approach to wellbeing… and generate feedback from your team
Even just working through the questions raised positive feedback from the team on areas we were unaware meant a lot to them in terms of wellbeing
Why not try our Wellbeing Checklist to see how well your practice is doing?
It is intended as a guideline with examples of what you may already be doing or could do in your own practice. They are all activities that can be carried out within the workplace with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the veterinary team.
The list is by no means exhaustive, and you may well have other initiatives or a different approach. A low score shouldn’t put you off entering the Wellbeing Awards.
If you need any assistance or further information about entering the Vet Wellbeing Awards please contact:
Tel: 01453 872731