Yes, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Canadian equivalent of the American FBI, gets involved with each and every applicant. A visit to the local police department is not sufficient.
The worst part about working at Carea is dealing with the bitterness and negativity from the people I work with. Comments are heard throughout the halls about the people running this smear campaign. Not trying to hide the fact that I am not hiding at all. This is being written by someone who is absolutely not in management or leadership. It is being written by a front line worker who really believes that if people think it is that bad at Carea, they should leave because they are no doubt adding to the negativity and toxicity. I would think it prudent for the people who hate working at Carea to ask themselves why they stay. Think of what you are doing to your mind and body coming to a place you hate so much day in and day out! Why don't the people writing the "nasty vitriol' turn that high powered perception on themselves? This is how "smart" and unaware the people spreading the negativity are.
Do yourselves and everyone at Carea who likes their job a favour and recognize how counter productive your statements are and just leave.
What is Carea Community Health Centre sick leave policy? How many sick days do you get per year?
As a current staff member, I get 4 weeks of vacation a year. Unfortunately, my manager doesn't allow me to bank any lieu time I work to take time off at a later date (I used to be able to, but they've become much more stingy). The union was brought in to protect us from the savageries of the 'leadership' of Carea; however, Carea fought our union tooth-and-nail and left them with little choice but to accept a bad deal: Now new hires get only 2 weeks of vacation to start. That is disappointing. If Carea cared, they'd want us to take our vacation days to stay healthy. Now they've taken those vacation days away from new hires, and we have a two-tier system. New hires are second-class citizens of North Carea. In the past, we got a couple extra weeks of vacation compared to other healthcare sectors (such as hospitals) in acknowledgement that Carea couldn't pay us nearly as much. Slashing vacation days is disrespectful - and callous.
Rather than ask about the frequency of 'raises,' you should be asking how often pay REDUCTION occurs. Because the 'raises' here do not keep up with the cost of living, any so-called 'raises' actually amount to making less money the longer you work here. The agency doesn't think our work is of any real value. Yet another example of the contempt they hold for their employees.
I was interviewed recently for a position here. The process was not collaborative at all. I was interviewed by one manager only, and she didn’t seem to have any clincial experience at all. The whole process was extremely disorganized, such as HR double booked candidates and I had to wait almost an hour before my interview.
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Carea Community Health Centre a better place to work?
I would listen AND hear what my staff say. I wouldn't just say that I care about them I would show them that what they say is valued and what they feel is important. I would admit that just because I have a title that doesn't mean that I have all the answers. I would be vulnerable and authentically admit that I don't have all the answers but that I am willing to learn. That I am open to learning and improving.
What was the most challenging part of your role at Carea Community Health Centre?
There is nothing challenging about my role. I love my job and my clients. The challenging part is dealing with the incompetence of Leadership. Decisions are made with no collaboration with frontline staff and so often don’t make sense or get in the way of us doing our jobs. Focus is on numbers rather than offering quality work with clients. Lack of support from Leadership for us to feel good about the work we do and to self care.
Does Carea Community Health Centre allow for flexible working hours? Or are the hours set?
Only those within the upper echelons of power get flexibility. The rest of us do yoga.
I was given an interview at Carea because of the content of my resume, which isn't saying much as I was chosen for my job despite my lack of qualifications.