The E&T is in the Red Zone
E&T Staff (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – February 22, 2018
Serving vulnerable clients while they're experiencing perhaps the worst period in their life is incredibly rewarding. Also rewarding is seeing these clients discharging back to the community, as these clients' mental health symptoms resulted in involuntary detainment. Working on an interdisciplinary team, flexible work hours, and working within an agency with a spectrum of services for the community's most in need are also pros. There is much room for growth at the E&T, as well as at MDC as a whole. The E&T currently lacks a director and clinical supervisor. Nepotism, gossip, and cliques run rampant, affecting professionalism and morale. Inadequate training, clinical oversight, and staffing is both a safety risk and an invitation for countless ethical violations, as some clients present with assaultive or self-injurious behavior because of mental health symptoms. High rate of recidivism can make working with clients all the more challenging. And the larger organization lacks a permanent CEO and HR director; a lot could be said about this. The onboarding process, particularly instatement of benefits, leaves a lot to be desired. Please adequately staff the E&T with competent professionals and paraprofessionals and provide these workers with thorough, evidenced-based clinical training and oversight. I believe this will greatly reduce burnout and turnover at the E&T. After all, it is cheaper to retain great talent than hiring new talent. The trickle-down effect should not be underestimated either; clients will suffer if workers suffer, and workers are suffering at the E&T.
Serving vulnerable clients, interdisciplinary team, and flexible work hours.
Inadequate leadership and staffing, high turnover and burnout, and high stress work environment with poor workplace culture.