Annual NHS Staff Survey results show an average decline in those feeling optimistic about their career within the NHS. One area of concern, in particular, was the amount of NHS workers who felt they were not adequately recognised and rewarded. This poses a threat to the healthcare provider’s People Promise. As part of the NHS’ People Promise, one of the key values include: ‘we are recognised and rewarded.
At a time when much of the NHS is suffering from staff shortages, it is vital to find solutions to boost employee morale. Following this report from Each Person, the NHS has highlighted two key areas that need to be addressed to combat staff dissatisfaction: continuing their advocacy for increased investment and support to raise staff numbers; and relieving points of pressure to foster a positive working culture across the organisation. Consequently, NHS trusts have taken positive steps to ensure that their employees feel more appreciated for their hard work through rewards and recognition.