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10  AAHA VOICES

How to Help Your Team See the Purpose in Their Work Finding and keeping talented, motivated, and long-term staff members is one of the most difficult challenges faced by most owners and veterinary practice managers. At AAHA, we gather the data you need to attract top candidates and put together a competitive job offer with Compensation and Benefits, our guide to trends and averages in veterinary compensation packages. This invaluable information is a big part of the staff-building puzzle, but employee happiness is not just about money, perks, or promotions. Leaders must also provide staff with a meaningful role, or a why. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your staff is driven and engaged by meaning and purpose in the workplace. • Outline a team vision Office culture and a cohesive team starts from the top. Take time to ask yourself what your goals are for the practice and exactly how you hope to be of service to your community. Use this information to make a team vision or mission statement and get specific. What do you hope clients and pets take away from a visit to your practice? How do you want to be known in your community? What are staff members working together to create? If you can articulate these answers and make them clear to your staff, you will be on your way to ensuring a cohesive sense of team purpose. • Make the team vision personal for each staff member The best managers personalize. Dedicate some time to explain to each employee how and why their role is essential to the function of your practice, and how their work directly impacts the health and wellbeing of the pets in their community and the success of other members of the practice team. Understanding how each job fits into the bigger picture goes a long way in setting a person up for engagement as they go about tackling otherwise routine tasks. • Understand individual staff motivations and goals Anyone who enters the veterinary profession does so with the best of intentions. Most begin their careers with

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2020 AAHA Press Catalog  

AAHA Press—the publishing arm of the American Animal Hospital Association—is an internationally regarded publisher and distributor of titles...

2020 AAHA Press Catalog  

AAHA Press—the publishing arm of the American Animal Hospital Association—is an internationally regarded publisher and distributor of titles...

Profile for aaha