While my colleagues and I get a long well, and work together like a family, we are all equally low on morale and are in agreeement of terrible management
Support from management
Management is never available when they are needed.
Often times management pits us against each other, using one to get information about another. Through this, many of us have banded together, but you can never be too safe.
Freedom to work independently
We often get messages sent about things that we have already done, as a reminder to take care of them. For the most part we a re left alone though.
We are never praised for our sucesses but always attacked for an issue that was either out of our control, or overly critised for small mistakes
I was told explicitly a doctor would not hire me because he was tired of hiring women since they had more home obligations and were more likely to take meternity leave or days off for "personal" things.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I do not have any personal experience with this as I am under 45 but my colleagues who are older do not seem to have issues.
I have been offered positions verbally, but have not once seen the opening or been given the opportunity to actually apply to the positions.
Overall compensation for your work
Other hospitals pay far more for the title I have. I have also experienced the department changing my hours because they cannot or will not pay my over time. I am not paid nearly enough for the amount of time, effort, and work I do.
Office / Work Environment
Our office has not been renovated in 18+ years. Our office is small, with no windows, and very dusty, even after cleaning. There is little to no venitlation, and in winters it is freezing, and summers is is burning. Our carpet is old with pieces missing and large stains. Our chairs are old and outdated providing little support.
There are separate bins for recycling but it is not enforced. Just as well our department specifically has not taken measures to cut back on plastic and paper usage.
We are always "on-call" even as administrative staff. We are called when we have taken a day off, we are not allowed days when we request for emergencies (regardless of if we are okay with not getting paid). We are not given nearly enough days for PTO, and they are not even separate form sick days.
When I mention I work for this hospital many apologize to me, as they know it is not the best place to be employed
This speaks for itself, although, I'm sure if it were not mandatory through regulation, the accessibility would not exist.
We have had recent construction on a different part of the building that subsequentially led to us having dus and particles from the construction brought into our offices. We all became ill, and it exacerbated asthma of some of my colleagues. There was also a threat of asbestos that was not told to us. They recently put an ED as well, and have not added additional security or warning, as we are private offices of MDS and were not used to having patients on the floors.
We are often doing well out of the scope of our job descriptions, which is fine, but we are often under recognised for this. We also frequently work outside of regular hours, not being paid.
Inclusive / Diverse
Our opinions are often voiced, but very seldom are they heard, or acted upon. Often times management does the opposite of what was suggested.
Suggestions for improvement
- Management should take more stock in their staff. There should also be competitive rates of pay for employees, and if not at the very least we should be compensated for all time we take to make sure things run smoothly. There should also be a separation of sick days from vacation days, as this is not clearly stated and often leaves employees confused about their lack of time...
What I like about the company
I had one manager in the Float Pool who was amazing. He wworked with his staff, and helped them when they needed. he made sure we were all taken care of, and allowed us the time we needed to take off for emergencies. He unfortunately was fired becaus eof his kindness towards us, and was told he was no longer the right fit. I also think that many of the departments have the staff that work together forming families, of their own, which is nice. we are often able to defend one another when needed, and we have a good laugh here and there which makes working here bearable.
What I dislike about the company
I believe that management should take much more interest in what the employees have to say. Our company seems to run only as numbers, and that duly effects the morale of the staff, and the care given to patients.