Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Do you have high staff turnover, a lot of absenteeism, low productivity, and the kind of atmosphere where you can almost cut the tension with a knife? Is there a lot of conflict amongst your team? Do they seem disengaged and withdrawn from their work environment?
If so, you could have a toxic workplace.
My own research found that if there is conflict (which could include bullying, arguments, resentment, passive, aggressive, and/or passive-aggressive behaviour), then there is an increased likelihood staff will leave. Can you afford for this to happen?
When there is conflict there can be increased absenteeism, increased stress and burnout, and a reduction in job satisfaction, productivity and retention - not to mention ultimately, your bottom line!
About Dr Nadine Hamilton
As a leading authority on veterinary wellbeing, Dr Hamilton helps veterinary professionals get on top of stress and conflict to avoid burnout and suicide, and also works with practice managers and owners to increase wellbeing, productivity, and retention in the workplace. Additionally, she provide workshops to small and large groups within the private and corporate sectors, and speaks at conferences and symposiums both nationally and internationally.
Her book "Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian - An Evidence-Based Solution to Increase Wellbeing" was released in March 2019 through Australian Academic Press, and is already making a positive impact within the profession - both here in Australia and internationally.
As an advocate for the veterinary profession, Dr Hamilton founded the charity "Love Your Pet Love Your Vet" and partnered with Royal Canin to reduce stigma in veterinary professionals seeking help, raising awareness within the community about the realities of working in the profession, and providing psychological and educational support to veterinary professionals.