The importance of reward and recognition
Members of the veterinary professions put in a huge amount of discretionary effort every day, but this isn’t always recognised. Not feeling rewarded or valued has consistently been one of the most common reasons why vets say they plan to leave the profession, as shown by the RCVS survey of the professions 2019.
Fair reward and recognition is important for all workplaces. Provided a team member is paid fairly and at market rates, pay usually has little impact on satisfaction, but it can have a negative impact if you get it wrong and employees feel unfairly treated.
How to improve reward and recognition in veterinary workplaces
The veterinary profession needs to challenge the culture that sees team members working for little reward or recognition. Review and assess what your workplace offers and how this can be improved.
Benefits packages can be a useful tool for showing team members they’re valued, but can be costly, and cannot be used to compensate for other issues. The most important benefit an organisation can provide is to create a positive culture in which all members of the team feel valued, with the best leadership and management processes supporting this.
• provide transparent, fair, and equal pay for all employees, relevant to their respective roles; and
• offer fair and equal benefits, which contribute to a positive work culture, to all team members.
Read pages 38 to 41 in our position on good veterinary workplaces, to equip yourself with a better understanding of how to reward and recognise team members.
Watch the recording of our webinar on reward and recognition with BVA President James Russell and Head of VDS Training Carolyne Crowe.
Our third webinar of the series explored the importance of reward and recognition in the workplace, with BVA President James Russell in conversation with VDS Head of Training Carolyne Crowe sharing their thoughts on fair and transparent pay, benefits packages, what feeling valued at work means, and creating a positive workplace culture. Join the conversation to discuss what fair reward and recognition looks like to you.
- People ask us why we're so transparent with our pay structure. Our reply: why wouldn't you be? by Glenda Chantry, PDSA
- An ownership model tailor-made for the veterinary profession? by Matt Flann, Pennard Vets
- Recognition at work - what does your team really want? by Beth Samson
- Negotiating pay by Paul Horwood
- Let's talk about pay by James Russell
- Am I getting paid enough for what I do? by Peter Orpin
- Rethink what you reward by Kate Higgins
- The power of words by Kirstie Pickles
- The most important benefit your workplaces can provide by Gudrun Ravetz