I read this BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57611220) and thought that it was very relevant to retaining RAFAC cadets and staff.
In particular, this paragraph:
“There are three things that people consider when deciding whether to stay or leave. The first is, am I growing and learning? The second is, do I have friends in the company? The third is, am I making an impact - does the world get better or does something in the world get better as a result of the time I’m spending here?”
Different parts will apply differently to each individual of course and, unlike a job, sometimes people will leave because they just don’t have time.
So my equivalent questions to consider for our RAFAC units are:
- Are we delivering interesting activities and opportunities for development?
- Does the unit have a friendly supportive atmosphere and provide chances for socialising and having fun?
- Is the effort by staff and cadets making a positive difference and is this being recognised?