Occupational health and safety in Vancouver Island, BC
Fast paced, lovely teams but criminally understaffed Great teams and people but each position is given too much work to complete in a day because every department is criminally understaffed. The teams are always wonderful and supportive but it is stressful to always be behind. Also I do not think the benefits provide enough coverage for mental health services.
Administrative Assistant in Victoria, BC
Work Load EXCESSIVE - stay away if you value your health!!The pay is deplorable for administrative positions. The work load is EXCESSIVE and work-life-balance does not exist. The corporate culture is also very toxic. Be forewarned you will make more money in the hospitality industry than you will in an Island Health administrative position. The administrative position's classification that supports a Director is embarrassingly under funded. Why are there so many excessive layers of bureaucratic management at Island Health? After paying all of the MANAGERS/DIRECTORS/EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS there is no money left in the budget to pay the front line workers like an administrative assistants a decent living wage....Why are Island Health administrative assistants not worthy of a decent salary?
Administrative Assistant in Victoria, BC
Poor pay, brutal hours, indifferent managers, lack of sufficient trainingClerical jobs are criminally underpaid particularly the jobs in the facilities. Shift work is brutal with little to no opportunity to work regular hours, even with longevity and accumulated seniority. Leadership style is antiquated, and mostly punitive. There is little opportunity for advancement. One of the worst issues is administrative clerical staff are given very little training. Managers are stingy about training and coworkers resent training and often treat new employees antagonistically. This is partly attributed to the fact that long term employees are not compensated for the extra responsibility involved in orienting people. Employees get no wage increases with longevity and senior employees are shafted as they are saddled with additional responsibilities but maintain the same wage. The wages in the urgent clinics, barely over $20, the same wage I made starting with ISland HEalth in 1995! The low pay is horrendous and the hours are awful. You can make more money in the service industry with less complexity and take less abuse from the public. Managers do little to nothing to shield workers from patient abuse. Health care workers are subjected to a tremendous amount of bad treatment from the general public with no support system to combat the difficulties. I would say that, with the low pay, that does not even come close to meeting cost of living requirements, the brutal shift work, indifferent old school managers, and the stress and hardship dealing with an angry public make health care, at least in a support role, untenable. Island Health needs to change their leadership style, lobby for higher wages for their workers and to give workers who have long service periodic raises. Also, hospitals may be 24/7 operations but workers should have a chance to work better hours as they invest years of service. Older people cannot work a graveyard shift one week and a dayshift the next and maintain any quality of life. The organization is also indifferent and resistant to making work stations ergonomic and healthy. Workers have to fight for basic equipment such as headsets and laptop stands. Work environments are often noisy, chaotic and antithetical to productive work. Pay is less than what one would make in no skill jobs yet the jobs require expensive post secondary education and extreme multitasking.
Health Care Assistant in Victoria, BC
Hard job, made harder by toxic peopleIf you can't speak tagalog you will be the butt of every joke, (resident or co worker.)It is better to try a few sites, units, speak to management, quit if it's toxic, workers are expendable.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Nanaimo
Great place for a careerNRGH is full of employees who enjoy their job and are patient first oriented. The upper management have paths for future career steps and create an overall good morale