Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Ten Ways to Chase Away Amazing Employees

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Ten Ways to Chase Away Amazing Employees
(A review of careers in mental health)

By: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez 

 

When you find an employee who wants to work, appreciates the mission of the company, and cares enough to bring concerns to your attention, you've got a treasure! And if you have several treasures like this as part of your organization, it is wise to recognize how to keep them with you for a long time. Employees who are passionate about their job might tolerate a lot. But if you lose sight of your company's mission and ignore the warning signs of discontent, be prepared to lose big! Your employees are not just the people you have to pay to do a job. They are your source of life. They will inadvertently market your program without you ever knowing it. Every time they are on their way to a shift and stop by the Dutch Bros. or Starbucks for their jolt of energy, you are being reviewed. Every time someone asks them where they work, you are being reviewed. Every time someone on social media asks for a reference of places to apply for a job, you are being reviewed. 

Working in a health care setting is especially challenging.  Patients come in with various concerns such as trauma responses, substance abuse, suicide attempts, and medication adjustments. The ages range from young children all the way through the life span to geriatrics. Additionally, they are tasked with keeping everyone safe, fed, and provided with activities throughout their stay. Although it takes a patient and empathic heart to do the job of a Mental Health Tech (MHT), these amazing individuals are often underpaid and overworked. Many programs continue to accept patients even when staffing is short; this places everyone at risk and subject to potentially unsafe circumstances.

 

 

 

Mental Health Techs and Nursing staff in mental health facilities have been known to get hit, spit upon, kicked, and sustain injuries to include concussions, bloody noses, lacerations, bites, and broken bones. There is no hazard pay. Handle with Care Training to minimize these types of injuries is provided but is no guarantee. Learning to de-escalate agitated patients is a part of the training and always the first choice. The pay for these positions is low, given the acuity on some units. Considering the amount that gets billed to insurance companies and the salaries of some CEOs, it is unconscionable that employees are not better compensated for their skills and experiences. (Check out Indeed.com positions and read the reviews. Salaries might also be available for viewing on this site.)

Instead of investing in current employees and considering how to improve pay for them, some companies chose to ignore this element of staff retention and continue to support the revolving door of new employees.  When current staff talk with new staff, they inevitably discover that new employees get hired at a higher rate of pay than loyal and dedicated staff members. Additionally, new employees are being offered a "sign on bonus" when current staff cannot get a decent pay raise.  Adding pennies to an hourly wage is insulting and will never be equitable when compared to what newer, often less qualified staff members are offered.

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Keeping valuable employees is critical to the success of Mental Health Hospitals! Your community talks. Read those online reviews and stay in touch with social media. Listen to your employees. If they bring concerns to you that draw awareness to patient care and safety, pay attention! Ignoring or minimizing these concerns is poor management, a potential nightmare when state is notified by a patient's family member, and a great way for your marketing department to look like liars when what they promise and promote doesn't match the reality of your facility. You can't fake it forever.

Here are ten guaranteed ways to chase away amazing employees who work for a mental health hospital:

1. Underestimate their skills and abilities. 

2. Assume your employees won't discuss their salaries and compare them to new hires.

3. Complain to your employees in a staff meeting that you don't know why people don't  stay and ask them for ideas on how to encourage people to stay. (After staff has already made you aware of the reasons.)

4. Ignore unsafe work environments and continue to increase census through staffing shortages. 

5. When an employee is injured/exposed to illness on the job, take their time off to recover  out of their PTO.

6.  Ignore those work order requests that would help maintain a facility.

7.  Make up stuff that looks good on your website even though the reality of your patient's  experiences will be very different...and not in a good way.   

8.Do not clean the carpets or walls. Keep the writing on the furniture that includes every  curse word known and unknown to humans. And make sure that all those penis illustrations on the shelves and under the desks in patient rooms stays there as long as possible so future patients can enjoy them. 

9.Create a need for "treasure hunts" every shift so your staff has to search for the supplies and snacks needed to provide services to the patients.

10. Minimize concerns that staff presents to you. The same staff that could save you $ by pointing out flaws in your contracts for linens and other supplies will become frustrated  and annoyed that those in charge are "too busy" to address these concerns. Especially after being told that there is no money in the budget to provide a decent cost of living increase. 

 

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And if you want to know how to retain your treasured staff, just review this list of ten and do the opposite. Thank you to all the amazing mental health workers who continue to have patience with their patients...and all the administrative BS that accompanies this career choice. We can and need to do better for the patients in our care and for the staff.

 

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Advocacy and Awareness in the Work place

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 Become an ADVOCATE in your work place

By: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez

  

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Reality check for companies who do not recognize current employees, hire new workers at a higher pay rate than more experienced/current workers, give sign-on bonuses when they cannot "afford" to compensate current staff, prefer to spend money on the new hire process when they could invest in their current staff and keep them versus losing them to others who will better compensate them...I could go on. There is often a stunning lack of awareness for long-term goals versus short-term solutions. Wondering why you are losing staff, unable to meet state guidelines, and keep your census up? Not listening to what your employees have to say about safety concerns? That's on you. Unable to advocate for your staff but wish you could? Hire someone to provide a detailed action plan and figure out a timeline for improvements. Your seasoned staff can be your lifeline. Look at their skills. Involve them in the process. Let them see you want to change. Your actions speak clearly. What is the message that is being projected? If your staff isn't able to speak on your behalf or market your program, you're destined to fail. (Disclaimer: I am not referring to any company that is currently on my profile. I am very happy with my current employer and see the value in being supported.) I have experience creating timelines for improvement, evaluating employee concerns, and establishing marketing strategies. I can be reached at: worldofwritermom@outlook.com and worldofwritermom.org for commissioned work. #marketing #leadership #safety #change #healthcare #mentalhealthcare #worldofwritermomrecommends #MHTlife

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Hey Monday! Here we are once again...

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Hey Monday! Here we are once again...
 
 by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
 
 
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Writer Mom Goals for the day...
 
M - Meditate for at least 5 minutes to help focus on the day


O - Observe what inspires you toward completion of a task


N - Negotiate the terms of your interactions with others


 D - Decide on what you hope to accomplish this week


A - Advocate for yourself and for those who request your help


Y - You are appreciated and an important participant 
in today's events. 
 
 
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Monday, April 5, 2021

Monday's Moments for Writer Moms

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Mondays can be a notorious challenge for many of us. It's the start of our work week. The kids go back to school or have on-line classes. We get ready for another week of meal prep and the grocery shopping this requires. There are loads of wash to be done as we make sure everyone is ready for their activities. Mondays are just hard. I could attempt to soften this reality by proclaiming fairies and unicorns really do exist and all of us have plenty of inspiration to get through our week. But that would be less than helpful, right? Sometimes it's okay to rant just a little. Here's your chance. 

You hereby have permission to give me five reasons to lose your sheets and pillowcases. (Yes, that is a euphemism for the curse words you really want to explode into the universe.) Here's mine to get you started:

1.    Dust. It's everywhere. It makes us sneeze. I hate dusting. That's all.

2.    The price of gasoline. It's gone way up. Ridiculously up. I just filled my tank. It left me with a bit of an empty feeling - in my wallet.

3.    Laundry - Why does it take so long to do it and so little time for the hamper to fill up again?

4.    The lottery - Somebody has to win it eventually, right? Could it be me this time? Sigh. I already know what I'd do with it. Good stuff. Really good stuff!
 
5.    Traffic - So many reasons we need to be careful and look out for each other and so many individuals who feel that driving in traffic is a sport where they want to be the winners. (Even if that means they must be inconsiderate a-holes in the process.)
 
So how's your Monday? I usually love to post inspirational crap too, but heck...there are plenty of other groups and blogs that do just that for you.  And it's okay to have days where you just don't want to marinate in all that positivity. It's for you that I wrote this. Because a healthy balance of inspiration and a good rant is in order once in a while.
 
 
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

How's your Friday?

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Inspirations for a Friday in March
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Today's Goals:

F - Find the place that helps you feel at peace
 and calms your spirit.
 It doesn't have to be a physical location. 
It can be something you think about 
as your close your eyes and meditate. 


R - Recognize your strengths, value, and contributions.
It's okay to receive a compliment 
and accept it graciously.


I - Invite others to share their insights and resources. 
Sharing inspirations is a great way 
to push us toward our goals.


D - Decide what is and what is not important 
to the big picture.
 Let go of the things
 that prevent forward motion.


A - Admit mistakes and apologize for oversights. 
It doesn't make you less of a person for being wrong. 
We can't be perfect 100% of the time.


Y - Young people have a lot to offer 
if we'd take a few moments
 to stop what we are doing 
and really listen to their perspectives.



Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for taking time to read 
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Creating the calm when babies are stressed

 

Coping with Colic & Creating Calm

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"The Dreaded Colic"

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One way babies communicate their wants and needs is by crying. Cries may have different sounds, tones, and inflections depending on the type of need, and parents become amazing translators for each of these cries. But sometimes babies can exhibit prolonged crying, and it seems like there's no way to comfort them. If this sounds like your house and your little one is inconsolable, it might not be regular crying. Your baby might be experiencing colic.

What exactly is colic? An article written by Mayo clinic staff reports: 
"Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying or fussiness in a healthy infant. Colic can be particularly frustrating for parents because the baby's distress occurs for no apparent reason and no amount of consoling seems to bring any relief. These episodes often occur in the evening, when parents themselves are often tired."

No matter how you define colic, it’s difficult for any parent to see their sweet little one inconsolable. The onset of colic is sudden, takes parents by surprise, and leaves parents feeling helpless. Normal efforts to console their baby might feel completely ineffective during this time.

How to Determine Crying vs. Colic

As both you and your baby get used to each other, determining whether your baby’s cries are average or excessive can be a bit tricky. "The Rule of 3" is most helpful for parents and doctors when determining if your baby has colic.

  • Your baby is 3 weeks or older
  • Your baby cries at least 3 hours or more
  • You observe this behavior at least 3 days per week for 3 or more weeks in a row.

 How to Help Your Baby

While there’s no “cure” for colic, there are some strategies that parents can try to alleviate the symptoms and create a calmer environment for everyone.

  • The Airplane hold: Also referred to as the "colic carry" or "colic hold." Try holding your baby belly side down on your forearm, as if you were doing the airplane with them. The light pressure and warmth from your arm on their bellies is known to help with colic.
  • Bring on the noise: A slow and constant humming eases babies during colic. Start the washing machine, vacuum cleaner, or a soft noise machine to calm your little one during the onset of colic.
  • Change of guards: Handing your baby to someone else may at times do the trick. Babies can sense your tense energy.
  • Swaddle your baby: The pressure of the swaddle and cocoon-like feeling is particularly calming as it mimics the womb environment and helps reduce the impact of being over stimulated.

When it comes to swaddling, not all swaddles are created equal. During this stressful time, you’re going to want the best. That’s where Nested Bean and their Zen Swaddle® come in!

Zen Swaddle's construction reduces random arm movements and can help ease your baby's discomfort. It's also a great alternative to the airplane hold. The lightly weighted design adds gentle pressure on baby's belly to ease colic.

It’s time to create the calm that you and your baby deserve. Check out Nested Bean’s article for more information and tips regarding colic.  You are invited to do your own research and check out this site to learn more about weighted sleepwear. Hang in there. Nested Bean is here to help! We look forward to hearing how you're doing.

 

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