Pros: Working with and building a rapport with the kids
Cons: Cliquey coworkers uninterested in helping new staff become acclimated to routines and procedures
The first red flag was being told, after three months of waiting for one particular background check to be done, that I was being hired only as a fill-in staff, when I applied to be a full-time employee. Having been told by co-workers this would lead to full-time, I stuck around. Strike two is when I was sent to only two days of training, despite the fact that it takes place over a period of two weeks. Strike three is when a member of management, filling in, assured me it would be ok, after my questioning it, to do something that was unapproved(I hadn't been trained to do it) and then turned around and reported me for doing it. Factor in that coworkers aren't much interested in helping you learn the ropes, but more interested in stabbing people in the back. I was witness to them gleefully in the process of getting a co-worker fired. How does this environment contribute to the care of the children in the residence? I don't blame Devereux, but certain staff who don't have a grasp of the word "teamwork." I will say that management in this particular residence is quite good as is the clinician. Some employees there need to shift their focus to where it belongs; on the kids.