Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The pink elephant
Today's theme social work friends is The Pink Elephant in the Room.
What are some major issues going on with your company that affect your work, that seem like they are never, ever addressed?
And if Pink Elephant was addressed, would make everyone's life better, primarily the clients served?
For me, I work in home care, so our Pink Elephant is mainly staffing.
I feel that we go out of our way to take on cases in need, yet do not put a lot of emphasis on hiring of home care staff to service these participants.
It is a matter that is addressed constantly by us lower-level schmucks, but not CORRECTED because things have to start at the top.
When they choose to continue to work with a broken system instead of trying to move forth to fix it?
I also KNOW that we have the capacity to improve things, and the majority of us WANT to. And before you ask, no, it doesn't really come down to spending a lot of money. Many simple ideas to bring about change that don't involve $$$$$$$ have also been suggested.
I often feel that it's just a matter of time before that Pink Elephant takes a really big explosive shit.............
I know in social work school we talked about this subject often.......how our society overall does not value anything preventative until something awful happens.
Then it's time for the blame game and "I told you so's".
I don't know where I am really going with this.
I think I am just feeling especially powerless today, as I am about to go forth and sign up even MORE clients for our programs.
Does anyone have any advice, when you feel the Powers that Be are not listening?
Have you ever addressed the Pink Elephant in the room successfully?
Happy Hump Day all!!!!