And We Got to Speak!

United States
June 8, 2016 7:38am CST
I arrived at the mandatory meeting at 5:00. Most of my coworkers were there. We were wondering why none of the supervisors were there. Found out that they weren't supposed to be there. The woman who was in charge of the meeting was from the company that issued and compiled information from a survey we had taken back in November of last year. She walked us through the survey. We discussed issues and concerns about our work. Almost all of us stated that we are getting less hours and have to use our earned time to make up for the difference in hours. We also discussed lack of communication with management and staff. I stated that I also felt we were being treated like children with so many changes and expectations. Others agreed with me on that note. We did all note that it seemed as if they company wanted to address our concerns and obviously wanted to make their company a better place in which to work. Hopefully we will see positive changes in the near future.
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@DianneN (63323)
• United States
8 Jun 16
Having a company that keeps lines of communication open shows they're on the right track. By having only employees there, it makes for more honesty and openness. Good for you for speaking your mind. I hope things work out for the best.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
I am not one to hold my tongue. I speak what is on my mind. Sometimes I feel I should not say so much, but at my age I feel it is better out than in.
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@dodo19 (28618)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Jun 16
Hopefully you do see some changes really soon. And good change.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
I did mention that our competitor is also offering to train LNA's and they don't need to commit to their company for any period of time. They offer more hours as well. There was a time when I wouldn't consider working for them, now I am rethinking that one.
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@dodo19 (28618)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly I can understand that. I probably would be thinking about it as well.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
@dodo19 at this time I am not even certain that I want to keep doing this line of work. I have lost a few of my elderly clients and it weighs heavily on my heart.
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@Juliaacv (24696)
• Canada
8 Jun 16
I think that it is a good sign when a company maintains open lines of communication, especially during the tough times. It should reassure us as employees. I do hope that they carry thru with their promises, good luck.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
Well if they don't follow through it will mean that more people will jump ship. I said that it feels like we are on a sinking ship and many are jumping off and we can't even find a life jacket to keep our heads afloat.
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@Juliaacv (24696)
• Canada
8 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly That is good that you were able to communicate this effectively, and hopefully, the company, who probably already realizes the problems, has some creative solutions up their sleeves to maintain and hopefully compliment the staff that are going to remain with them.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
@Juliaacv I hope so. I have been working with VNA for 10 years. Some have been with VNA for 20+ years. When you have people who are committed to providing quality care for their clients and they are not happy with the way things are going, something isn't right. Change needs to be made.
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@JudyEv (103927)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
That was a positive start surely by management. I hope there are some good changes made.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
Not going to hold my breath. Learned a long time ago never to do that.
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@Lolaze (2863)
• St. Louis, Missouri
8 Jun 16
It sounds like the people above your direct management are really interested in listening to you, that's great!
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• United States
8 Jun 16
I do hope that they take our concerns seriously and just don't brush them under the rug again. We have spoken several times about the products we use and how inferior they are and need to be replaced. Nothing has been done about it.
@Susan2015 (19310)
• United States
8 Jun 16
Hopefully, they will address the concerns and make it a better place. I tend to not stay anymore at a job when the management sucks. Or when we are always shorthanded.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
They claim to be shorthanded, but if that is the case, why am I not working when I have no clients to see?
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@Susan2015 (19310)
• United States
9 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly Good point!
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• United States
9 Jun 16
@Susan2015 I only have one client Saturday and Sunday and for only 2 hours each day.
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@msiduri (5779)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I hope things change for the better for you.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
Truthfully, if things don't change, I will seek other employment opportunities. I do have prior experience in office administration.
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@msiduri (5779)
• United States
8 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly I'm sorry things are that bad (though I know what you mean). And I hope it doesn't come to that. In either event, I wish you well. It's so hard to find a job.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
@msiduri there aren't many options in our small town. The scheduler position that opened up in our company had over 75 applicants.
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@Jessicalynnt (47931)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 Jun 16
see now if you had known that you might have looked more forward to that
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• United States
9 Jun 16
Yes, but I would have preferred to stay home. It was pouring when I left for the meeting.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Jun 16
@ElusiveButterfly ew, rain never fun to have to go out in
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@TheHorse (54775)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Jun 16
I hope the meeting has a positive effect. Did you share a lot of concerns?
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• United States
8 Jun 16
I have a big mouth and have learned speak what is on my mind rather than let it fester inside.
@amadeo (51449)
• United States
8 Jun 16
Good luck there.Your right.Speak your mind.How are they going to know what people are thinking.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
There once was a suggestion box in the office. Since this company has taken over, the box is missing.
@LadyDuck (126952)
• Switzerland
8 Jun 16
Hopefully you can see positive changes. I hope the meeting was useful to understand the problems and that now they will try to fix them.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
Time will tell if things change.
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@hereandthere (25132)
• Philippines
8 Jun 16
it's good that they used a third party to process this. hope some changes do take place.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
The woman was very helpful. The meeting overall was enlightening.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
That's wonderful that you got a chance to express your concerns. Not a lot of workplaces give their employees that opportunity. I hope things turn around for you guys! :-)
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• United States
8 Jun 16
We are hopeful that things will change. It seems they are more about quantity than quality.
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@Lucky15 (33757)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Glad that you voiced that out and seems the others felt the same thing too