NHS staff becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their employer, survey finds

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26th February 2015 17:23 - Health

A survey by reward specialist, The Voucher Shop, has found that the NHS is at risk of losing skilled staff due to their dissatisfaction within theNHS staff becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their employer, survey finds service.

The main reasons behind NHS workers’ dissatisfactions are a lack of internal communications, lack of praise and little help with the rising cost of living.

The survey of 3,204 NHS employees has found that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) respondents did not feel like their employer is providing adequate assistance to help them cope with the rising cost of living. This percentage is up 4% since the previous survey in 2013.

Approximately 70 per cent of the respondents claimed that they did not feel valued at work, due to a lack of praise.

Of those questioned, over half claimed that they were ready to leave their current positon and 30% said that they are actively searching for a new job.

The amount of NHS workers searching and applying for new roles will put extra pressure on the health service, which is already strained, should they resign.

The service is already resorting to finding candidates from overseas as a result of skills shortages in the UK. Hiring people from abroad has more than quadrupled in 12 months.

Many of the respondents claimed that communications about benefits are deteriorating. For example, 52% of employees described the communications they receive from their managers as “very poor” or “poor”, a sharp increase from 2013’s 44%.

Just 2% described the information given to them about benefits as “excellent”.

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