Hooray for AOTA
I'm sure most of you know I'm not a big supporter of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) ever since the changes back in 1998. And as much as I'm not a member, never signed up for any emails or communication from them, an email arrived yesterday that surprised me.
I think one of the biggest issues in Occupational Therapy currently is the productivity standards. Too many therapists are being coerced to work off the clock and jeopardize their ethical standards all for the sake of some company's profit margin. This is an issue I've blogged about numerous times, and during my years of working only saw the numbers go up. 70%, 80%, and now most places want 90%.
Of course what I see as the main problem is a management heavy chain of command. Many companies seem to have a manager, supervisor or other office person for every detail. One company I worked for had a national, regional, state, state district and facility manager. Each had their own staff of office people, and a nice salary. None of them ever saw a patient, some were not even therapists. If you count up all the salaries going to management and convert that into how many therapy minutes it takes to make that money you'll be shocked!
Anyway, my kudos to AOTA for announcing they will begin to look into productivity. Although they state it's a new issue to deal with in the workplace, as far as I remember productivity standards have impacted therapists for over fifteen years now. Anyway, check out their blog where you can join the conversation and leave your comments. Many interesting comments have been posted already.
My only thought is will this really lead to addressing the issue, or just be a place for therapists to vent?
Until next time, hope all your "Thoughts" are Good-