Difficult working with people who don't like people
Finance Clerk (Former Employee) – Catskill, NY – August 18, 2017
The best part of my job was the ability to help clients. The least enjoyable part of the job was listening to eligibility workers constantly belittle clients. My direct co-workers and supervisor were some of the best I've worked with. Helpful, thoughtful, considerate and very giving
Social Welfare Examiner (Former Employee) – Schoharie, NY – August 8, 2017
The hardest part of the job was seeing the suffering of others. You are dealing with a population often under extreme duress.
The best part of the job was being able to HELP with concrete solutions and referrals. It was often frustrating to be caught between real world needs and situations and state and federal regulations. Finding constructive ways to communicate with a depressed population tactfully and maintaining client dignity was an everyday goal and challenge.
The workplace was often filled with lots of tension and stress. People wanted to be supportive of each other but demand on our time to meet the incoming populations needs left little time or energy to do so.
I learned what incredibly resiliency resides in most of humanity and how often the smallest gestures of kindness and compassion can reap such huge rewards.
Management needs to demonstrate and create a very supportive environment to help alleviate and defuse the high stress factor in dealing with the public. State mandates need to find a way to fill the gaps in meeting all the needs.
Communication on all levels is key to not only a productive atmosphere but a healthy environment for creative problem solving.
A helping profession that can be very satisfying, state benefits are a boon
A helping profession that can be very depleting emotionally, you must be careful to replenish own needs, cannot help all the needs, frustration at regulatory rules that must be complied with
Human service coordinator (Current Employee) – Beaufort, SC – July 31, 2017
Being employed with The Dept of Social services can be rewarding but stressful and demanding. The most enjoyable part of my job is working with my children and seeing progress no matter how big or small.
In-Home Caregiver (Former Employee) – Lancaster, CA – June 27, 2017
Good place to work, very rewarding and sometimes challenging. Great job if you enjoy helping people. Sometimes tedious, but never mundane, always a new challenge and very rewarding to see consumers get well.
Informal Provider (Former Employee) – 60 North Street – June 12, 2017
I was self employed by the dept of Social Services to take care of 3 children inside my home . I provided meals, lessons to be implemented and taught to the children. Outside activities, trips to the local library , and inside activities were provided for children
Community Resource Coordinator (Current Employee) – DSS – March 16, 2017
I'm currently assigned to Thurgood Marshall Middle School. A typical workday is multi-tasking with multiple projects and paperwork required to capture the success of the day. My management staff is open to collaboration and new recommendations. The work culture is very warm and accepting because I would have it no other way. The most challenging part of my job is talking to parents who have a specific need and not being able to assist with the requested need. The most enjoyable part of my job is when a student portrays a more positive behavior once their family has been assisted by me or my agency.
Office support/clerical (Current Employee) – Sedalia, MO – May 6, 2015
Productive and informative place to work, very friendly staff. Was able to learn a lot from this job. The hardest part of the job is seeing all the people that need help and wanting to help them The most enjoyable part is that most times we can.
Case Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 6, 2015
A typical day at work is very exhausting. The volume of people on assistance is overwhelming. Never a dull day. Many people are truly in need and there are some who are just trying the system. I learned from working all these years that I am grateful for the things I have and not to be critical of people. So many people need help and don't know how to get it. Sometimes after working so many years you tend to know a little more than management, especially from being hands on. The management I have worked for did not come up through the ranks so it made it a tiny bit difficult but I adjust and I get along with all my co-workers (they love me). The hardest part of the job was seeing the heartbreaking tragedies of a lot of the families especially involving the children. The gratification of seeing many families become self sufficient and happy in their new lives was rewarding.
Clerical II (Former Employee) – Rock Hill, SC – September 4, 2014
I enjoyed working for the DSS department, the people were wonderful and I was able to make last friends, I was responsible for the child care program, and that was a very demanding position, when you have to account for all of the receipents of york county SC. I was responsible for the mail, ordering supplies, and answering the phones. I was the fill in person for the front desk. I would great clients, make appointments and enter new applications.
ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST (Current Employee) – Cape Girardeau, MO – January 28, 2013
I enjoyed the majority of my coworkers, they pulled together on the hard days. I learned a lot about how state government works and the Medicaid system that I feel was life-changing. I enjoy helping people especially if they are hurting, unemployed, or just need a listening ear. The hardest part of the job became the amount of workload an individual was required to carry, because you became so stressed you couldn't enjoy the job. I had some really great managers and some less than great but I did my best for both. The most enjoyable part of the job was making new friends in my coworkers and helping people that were at a very low place in their lives.
the holidays off and other benefits
the healthcare went downhill and that is why many take this job
helping people and meeting people in healthcare profession.
Health Caregiver (Former Employee) – El Monte, CA – January 8, 2013
Assisted patients into and out of bed, automobile and wheelchair, lavatory and up and down stairs, administered prescribed oral medications underwritten direction of physician and as directed by home care nurse, maintained records of services performed and of apparent condition of patient, applied preparations and treatments, liniment, alcohol rubs and heat-lamp stimulation.