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The ability to help Developmentally Disabled individuals is the best reason to work for In-Pact. Many many people have worked there 5 years or more, some as many as 20. Other people have left In-Pact only to find that the grass was not greener and returned to stay many years. These people work in administration, group homes, and the direct care staff of supported services. Within departments co-workers are friendly and the atmosphere/culture is relaxed. The benefits package is incredible including paid vacations, holidays, personal days, and once your sick days build up to a certain level they turn into vacation days. People get along not just at work but their friendships extend beyond the workplace and socialize outside of work as well.
The Senior Management has created a hostile work environment especially targeting the Supported Services Department. The Habilitation Manager position is overloaded with responsibilities compared to other comparable positions in the field. Senior Management has used devisive tactics to pit one department against another. It is only recently that members of different departments have crossed those lines to discover the truth of the extent of the splitting tactics. It is also through these discussions that the true extent of targeted abuse by this particular senior manager toward the Supported Services Department. He uses passive aggressive language, veiled threats, as well as yelling to bully the Supported Services department. This has apparently gone on for years, as after being hired one learns that every two years there has been a complete turnover in the Habilitation Manager positions (4-5). None of the Habiliation Managers have returned so the grass must be greener somewhere else for Habiliation Managers. Efforts on the department's part to resolve this dissatisfaction with the hostile environment has only escalated the bullying behavior to the point that continued employment is not tolerable.
Advice to Management
You have an excellent group of Habiliation Managers in the Supported Services department, but your established hostile environment will never allow the program to meet its full potential. Caseloads/workloads need to scaled down to allow the quality to shine through.