Current recruitment and retention literature describes the concept of a "workplace of choice".
The paediatric therapists in BC reported that an ideal employer:
- Will show an interest in my professional work by learning more about my clinical decision-making processes. An employer may occasionally observe a therapy session as a method of informing themselves.
- Will tell families and communities that they hire staff with the best professional qualifications and credentials, reflected in registration with professional licensing bodies.
- Will meet with me regularly to discuss my professional goals and partner with me to identify a strategy to achieve these goals.
- Will advocate for the value of my position and my professional training and will tell me what he/she is doing in this regard.
- Will ask for my professional opinion and encourage me to be involved in decision-making and program revisions.
- Will discuss options for flexibility in a work schedule to accommodate special circumstances.
- Will understand that my profession requires life-long learning and continuing education.
- Will understand that support for continuing specialized professional education will go a long way to retain me.
- Will understand that my work is a career and more than just a "job".
- Will be committed to establishing a healthy and respectful work environment.
- Will ensure that I have the equipment and administrative supports to use my skills optimally.
How to Be an Ideal Employer in BC
Pediatric Therapy Career Employment