A mass exodus of social care workers could be on the horizon, according to a national body which accredits employers.
A third of health and social care employees are unhappy in their jobs, with three in five saying they will look for a new job in 2016, a survey by Investors in People has found.
The organisation, which accredits employers that meet its standards as good places to work, has found low pay and a lack of opportunities for career progression were contributing to social care workers’ dissatisfaction.
But, the poll of 2000 employees, including those from the health and social care sector, also found being badly managed and feeling undervalued were also key factors.
In fact, nearly a third of workers taking the survey said they would prefer more flexible working to a 3% pay rise.
More than a quarter said they would rather have a clear career progression route while one in five wanted their employer to invest in their training and development more than they wanted a 3% pay rise.
One in eight just wanted to be thanked more.
Head of Investors in People, Paul Devoy, said: “As the economy improves, many employers run the risk of losing their valuable, skilled staff.
“Improved salaries over recent months means pay is less of a gripe, but longstanding issues around poor management and how valued people feel in their work continue to make UK workers miserable.”
Saying thank you
He added showing staff they are valued by thanking them, involving them in decisions and giving them responsibility over their work would make staff happier and therefore more likely to stay.
He said: “Employers also win, with a more committed workforce, higher retention and a clearer view of the future.”