I left a great role for this position looking for a better opportunity and ultimately left a few months later. In addition to the unstable public health sector, I had the displeasure of working with the most incompetent, condescending & unqualified manager ever. She had little knowledge of my role & constantly depended on the difficult & nasty Research Analyst to train new staff. The workload was unevenly & unfairly distributed, leaving me with the short end. When I spoke to her about it, she did nothing. Many of the staff were unhappy with her & ultimately left. There are far more qualified WOC that deserve this role over her.
Managers care about you working towards your career goals. Ontario Public Service is an excellent employer for anyone who wants to grow or even stay in a position until retirement. Ontario Public Service has an excellent work life balance, great benefits, comprehensive drug plan, committed to support you in progressing in your career.
My manager was one of the nicest person I have met in my professional experience. Never rude, always smiling, and always understanding and caring. The other members of the team were also very friendly and welcoming, and they were always very positive.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is a large organization, but one hand doesn't always know what the other is doing. It will take a cultural shift in order to make the organization run more efficiently.
As with all Ontario Public Service jobs, working for the Ministry of Health holds excellent job security. The benefits and hours are fantastic and allow for a desirable work-life balance. The content is both interesting and meaningful depending on the program area you work in. There is plenty room for advancement and employees who exceed expectations are often rewarded.
Researchers get a lot of freedom to take initiative with projects and are seen as the trusted leaders. everyone is supportive and in it for a good cause. leadership is great and everything is aimed to be fair. it's a wonderful job, i was sad my contract was over,
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has a very friendly and supportive work environment. All the staff members make sure that you are comfortable. They also allow flexible hours to an extent to accommodate certain people's needs. You also gain a vast amount of skills and knowledge from working with the OPS.
This job gives you plenty of opportunities to learn and challenge yourself. Co-workers were professional and were available and willing to help. Extensive driving and many nights away from home in a hotel is required. One egotistical team leader made work life miserable for many professionals who left as a result of this person's behaviour. Nothing was done when this individual's behaviour and unprofessional conduct was reported to the manager.
On a typical day I manage inquiries from clients related to Ministry incentive programs, contact clients about outstanding legal obligations related to incentive programs and manage Excel spreadsheet used as database.
What I learned:
I have learned the importance of continuous improvement. Business processes can often be improved. I recommended, wrote and implemented a business process improvement designed to increase client compliance with terms and conditions of client agreement with Ministry. I also created the conditions necessary to test the efficacy of business process improvement by creating control and treatment groups.
My co-workers are highly educated, hard working and well meaning.
Hardest part of the job:
In the public sector you have to accept that priorities and decision-making processes are often driven by media and big P politics. This can create challenges.
Easiest part of the job:
Once I learned the requisite program knowledge, inquiries from Ministry clients became fairly routine.
Most enjoyable part of job:
The satisfaction I get from seeing a task through to completion.