Is finding staff dreadful?
All week I’ve been stressing about my new hire. You might know the drill. Having to walk someone through every aspect of your care. It can be challenging, especially when they’ve never done this type of work before.
It’s not my first rodeo, so I psyche myself up even though I have reservations. She followed through with the application process, shadowed a few times, and even tried a few tasks hands-on while my other caregiver supervised. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll work out. Who cares if a 20-minute process takes an hour? It’s fine, she’ll catch on.
It’s the day of her first scheduled solo shift, I message her several hours prior confirming she’s comfortable starting that night. If she wasn’t ready, this would have been the perfect opportunity to bow out. Messaging me back she plans on coming, I am still apprehensive, but we’re almost through it.
Twenty minutes before her shift my watch pings. Dread fills me as I check. I have a message. It’s from her. She’s not coming, nooooooo!
After messaging her back wishing her the best, I do what any responsible adult in my situation would do. Call Mom. Mom to the rescue at 11pm on a Friday night. Yes, she’ll venture out in the dark to pick me up so I can crash at her house.
Even though things didn’t work out there are a few positives. At least she messaged for what it’s worth. At least the van started. At least it was drizzling and not snowing. If it was snowing, I’d be out of luck. It’s still frustrating.
Have you had similar experiences hiring staff? Any tips on de-stressing the process? I’m already dreading starting again.
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