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Very rarely unfortunately. In my division the pay rate for the union direct care staff has only gone from $11 per hour to $13 per hour in mostly small increments over the course of 11 years.

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9-10. As a program manager 40 hours per week just isn't enough time to complete everything that needs to get done. Especially true if you are working as direct care due to chronic staffing shortages.

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Go to the houses and speak with the RCs and Nurses. Find the one with no filter, every house has one, and have an open and frank conversation with them. Let them feel comfortable to vent to you. You would be shocked to find out what is really happening.

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BAMSI has an absenteeism policy that is spelled out pretty plainly. Staff working 5 shifts per week are allowed to have up to 3% of their shifts missed due to unplanned absences (8 annually). Staff accrue sick time based on how many hours they are scheduled. The max accrued is 520 hours.

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Definitely a good idea to ask how the position you are applying for became vacant.

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Some days I feel enthusiastic and energized because I love the clients....but also many days feel a sense of dread because many staff call out frequently and that means a day where plans fall apart and the staff who do show up have to be responsible for so much more and do the jobs of the chronically absent.

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Having to run programs with reduced resources including, at times, staff positions. I have worked at programs where staffing was cut and it put increased stress of remaining staff persons. A;so, the amount each staff person is asked to do at times is unrealistic.

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I would definitely have field management spend more time (in this agency's case it would be SOME TIME AT ALL) in the programs to get a sense of what staff do day to day and how hard they work. Have upper management visit programs for the same reason and to see how well treated and happy the persons served are and how much effort goes into giving everyone a safe and enjoyable day.

Would consider some merit and/or longevity based bonuses or raises. Even on manager's pay 7 years is a long time to go without a single raise.

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