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Mass lay-offs, lack of clear communication, dishonest representation of restructuring and facts, unethical hiring and firing practices and a de-prioritization of clinical best practice have caused services to the youth to suffer and created barriers to maintaining a healthy, culturally competent workplace culture. There is a culture of fear, distrust, hurt and lack of investment into employee health and wellness. As a frontline worker you may find yourself with a skilled and invested supervisor who wants to support you but is burnt out and not given the resources to truly invest in your health and success. Despite hard work from clinical and staff teams to provide a trauma-informed, culturally competent best practice philosophy for the clients this framework is not supported by executive in terms of treatment of MYS employees.
Hard working frontline staff and supervisor teams, highly skilled clinical teams, amazing youth, rewarding work
fledgling re-structuring of programs, questionable executive leadership practices, old school fear-based leadership practices
CEO is not qualified to do her job. Makes decisions that she isn’t qualified to make. So many unprofessional people that work at the head office that are not qualified to do the role they are in. Lots of gossip and backstabbing. CEO and HR team needs a complete overhaul in order for this place to change. No wonder there is an insane turnover rate. That being said, there are many great people that are passionate about what they do, but nothing is done to ensure they stay.
Unqualified staff, not supportive, gossip, unprofessional
So many skilled and valuable employees that are taken advantage of, used,overworked and replaced when an opportunity presents itself. Partnerships with other organizations is a big show for spotlight. Morale is suffering because of elimination or demotions in positions and replacing with new employees that executive knows. Staff cannot create safety for families and youth when they feel this unsettled in their employment.
lack of strategic planning no clinical direction
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Poor management and very selective leadership style. They treat stay as nothing. They use and dump you.
The management was selective . They have little or no regard for their staff. They use and let u go at will. High rate of staff turnover. You're required to work alone at tmes amongst high risk youths
Supporting youths .
little or no support for staff
It's a good place to work and always encourage on-the-job training, up to date refresher courses, and a good starting salary. Rude Kids needing help, which is what the program is all about. Lots of flexible hours especially if you have a second job.
Good environment to work at, flexible hours especially if you have a second job.
Could do well being a bit strict with the kids following rules and regulations
The job can be very rewarding, as you’re helping shape the lives of youth who need positive role models and support. What makes the biggest difference in job satisfaction is your manager. I was lucky to have a supportive and knowledgeable manager who knows how to support the kids and the staff. MYS can be great but it seems like you have to “play the game” and not ruffle feathers. Would be better if We didn’t feel afraid to speak up
Make a difference is kids’ lives, working as a team
Lack of transparency, upper management isn’t trustworthy
This is by far the worst social service agency that exists in Manitoba. The “ “ “restructuring” is a joke. All they do is terminate great employees who had years of experience and service with the agency. It is absolutely disgusting that MYS considers themselves a support and resource for children youth and families When they do nothing but mistreat , disrespect, and bully there staff members. Management is a complete joke!!!
Terrible place to work; discrimination and racism exist in this organization especially in most of their healing homes and team leaders
Focus more on clients than the well being of the youth care practiners. Job security is zero. The organization severe work relationship with staff on just a mistake without any warning nor second chance thereby wasting training and experienced staff.
FEW CLIENTS GOOD
The condition of the group home I worked in was depressing and hostile. I did not feel welcomed to the staff, and right away I found that the high turnaround rate was directly related to a core staff of uneducated, older people who appeared to cannibalise the younger workers. Inconsistency and poor understanding of core child-care foundations meant that the children in care were subject to the whims of staff who tended to react rather than be proactive, and generally not follow the recommendations of the professional network that supplied the children's care plans. Administrative staff came off as ineffective and jaded at best, and bullies at worst. It felt that they were truly out-of-touch with the environment of the homes as a whole. Workers were often left on their own to work with children who are prone to physical violence, and subject to inflexible, unreasonable working hours. It is a very disappointing, frustrating place to work, and unless there are far more supportive measures put in place to help staff feel safe and valued I foresee good workers with great attitudes to continue to leave the organisation.
Working with kids in care
Inflexible and unreasonable work hours
MYS matters as do our youth and this space allows one to build their resume while making important contributions as well, one can move forward in a variety of roles dependant on your trajectory You can also continue with your schooling while building up skills and abilities and develop professional relationships
Working with the clients and foster parents was rewarding and humbling. However, working with the clinical team was a nightmare. People that were terrible at their jobs were readily rewarded if they sucked up to management. Unethical and poor behaviour by staff was often overlooked while management picked at petty things for hard working staff. Lots of favouritism and turning a blind eye to poor clinical skills and allowing so called professionals to push their own subjective personal and religious beliefs onto clients.
It's very very challenging working here mostly because of the kids. You need mentally strong colleagues and House Managers to survive here. I went over and above for the kids, you need to be a special kind of person to work here cos the kids can be very violent. They will respect you when they see you are not afraid of them, even when they threaton you or attack you.
As someone who brought 5 years of essential skills to the agency the compensation offered was insulting. Especially for the job expectations. Save yourself the time and avoid applying. It is not worth it. Working with youth is rewarding and can be stressful but the wages for the job are nowhere near fair.
Senior managers are ignorant and not qualified to do their jobs. Communication to front line workers is non- existent HR practices are discriminatory, abusive and demeaning. Homes are short staffed making work dangerous for staff and clients in my opinion, it is only a matter of time before something tragic happens because of constant turnoverwhicj makes the work unsafe there is no training or mentoring for new staff no support standards and bully staff.
Senior Management and HR practices.
I worked for MYS for about 2.5 years, part time and full time as a YCP. Depending on what program you work it can be stressful at times working with at risk youth, difficult going to work knowing you may be harmed, verbally abused, or fear of incidences on your shift.
Mys does not offer a competitive wage. As for raises it takes them months to even consider approving them. They do offer advancement but the wage increase doesn’t match the added responsibility of the new position. The benefits are decent but they deduct a lot from your paycheque. Working in the group homes is great you get free food and the opportunity to go to big sporting events (Bomber, Jets games etc.) if you get a good program manager the job can be an amazing temporary fix but once you try to advance is when everything goes Downhill
They lie about their wages