Being a part of a vet practice can be a very rewarding job. You get to see animals every day, can help them feel better, and give them a better quality of life. It can also be incredibly frustrating, challenging and busy!
There is almost always a way that a business can support their team better – no matter what the workplace. But this piece is going to take a look at how you can support the animal whisperers and practitioners, so they can do an even better job!
Let’s get into it.
A Focus On Mental Health
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and ‘thanks’ to the pandemic, many people have started focusing on their own mental health, and taking this into account when working. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so having a team that is mentally exhausted will be detrimental to both them and your practice.
There are a few ways in which you can support your vet team’s mental health. Simply having
regular check ins to discuss how they are feeling can help, as dealing with sick animals can be emotionally taxing. Although you have to make sure you respond if they tell you they are struggling in any way. Also, encouraging a work life balance will be important for your team also.
Implementing Flexible Schedules
A work life balance should be accessible in any business, though it can be difficult for some businesses over others due to their nature. If you are saving animals lives and keeping them healthy, this can make work life much more difficult to work around, as when someone needs your help, they may not be able to wait.
That being said, flexible schedules are now more important than ever, and your team cannot pour from an empty cup. Allowing team members to work from home when they need to or have flexibility on a specific day, can provide a bit of respite, and allow them to prioritize themselves when necessary.
Bring In Support From The Outside
Another way to support your vet team is to bring in support from the outside. Did you know that you can hire a complete admin team of professionals specifically for your vet practice? Using a company such as vetcelerator.com can free up your team from the abundance of admin tasks it takes to run a business. This can be anything from HR and finance, to bookkeeping and auditing. Having this additional help frees up your staff to look after the customers and their patients, doing what they do best, without having to worry about the other aspects of keeping a business going.
Almost everyone has to go to work to earn a living but being the place that someone would love to work for is a different kettle of fish.
When looking to support your team in all areas of their life, creating benefits that will be useful to them is an excellent way to do it: offer them their own pet health care cover for a reduced fee, include health and life insurance, offer paid leave, or allow licensing reimbursements!