Productivity and Pay
For those who work in Long Term Care (LTC) we've all been troubled at one time or another with that nasty word productivity. I still can't believe it's expected to maintain such high numbers when the job entails dealing with people and all the things that occur during a typical day in a nursing home.
The concept of productivity came about back in 1998 after Medicare cutbacks. I remember working my first job right after productivity standards came about. My entire month of work totaled twenty two hours, and then my boss told me my productivity was 13%. Since I was the manager at the time, attending meetings and training new employees was part of my role. That didn't fly with the boss though, it was like I was expected to attend meetings and train new employees off the clock. Yes, I quit then and there.
My next job was even more surprising concerning productivity. After my first day on the job I turned in my log sheet. I'd been at the LTC facility for close to eight hours. The boss totaled up my therapy minutes and said "Well you got five and three quarters hours in today, nice job." "What?" I said. He went on to explain that the new rules meant we only got paid for actual therapy minutes completed, not hours in the building. The next day things were very hectic, having two different doctors doing quarterly visits on top of a big activity program happening. I got kicked out of three different rooms in the middle of a treatment and probably walked several miles up and down hallways trying to find an available patient for nine hours that day. Turning in my tally sheet the boss says "Not so good today, only four and a half hours." That was my last day working there.
I believe there was a group of therapists in California who sued their company for the same practice of paying only for therapy minutes completed. Expecting an employee to do paperwork, transport patients, and dodge doctors and nurses while trying to do therapy and not being paid for it is absurd.
My thoughts here? I think a new law should be approved to place productivity standards on all government workers. The budget bill needs to be passed on time, long waiting lines in government offices need to be shortened, and our veterans need the care they were promised.
Until next time, hope all your "Thoughts" are Good-