Why do my employees keep leaving?

The veterinary industry is currently experiencing a recruitment and retention crisis. Despite the number of veterinary graduates gradually increasing, the net number of vets joining the practising veterinary surgeons category of the industry has fallen sharply since 2019. (RCVS, 2022)

The decline has been attributed to multiple factors. An increase in demand due to the pressures of the pandemic, a surge in pet ownership and a reduction in the number of EU vets registering to practise in the UK, due to Brexit. This, combined with a gradual rise in the number of practising vets and nurses leaving clinical practice has left a large gap in the skilled workforce within the industry. 

The most common reason given by those leaving the profession was work life balance (RCVS, 2021) with 44% of vets stating that they would like to work more flexibly (BVA, 2021). However many practices are concerned about how they can ensure adequate staffing levels and maintain out of hours cover, whilst embracing flexible working. 

A recent global trial of a 4 day week (a type of flexible working) found that employees had greater satisfaction, improved productivity and improved health. 63% of businesses found it easier to attract and retain talent by implementing a 4 day week. 90% of firms trialling it have adopted it permanently. 71% of employees reported less burnout. More fathers took on child care responsibilities. 78% of employees with 4 day weeks are happier and less stressed. (The 4 Day Week Pilot Program, 2021)

With recruiting and onboarding a new member of staff costs an estimated at a whopping £15,000 per staff member, attracting and retaining talent makes a lot of financial sense. 

So how can flexible working help retain staff in clinical practice?

Join the Flexee Community

* indicates required

Enter your username and password to log into your account