For me, normally training and getting to know a new Support Worker can take anywhere between a week to a month or so depending on the person and the days and times they will be working. Also to a lesser degree the training and settling in period can depend on what happened with the previous Support Worker and what’s going on in my life personally.
Normally this is not really that much of a big deal because I guess it’s just part of my life and I’m used to the whole training and getting to know you thing with the difference of me striping off to my birthday suit the first time I meet a Support Worker following their interview. Though over the past couple of years and in particular the last six months, I have had my fair share of Support Workers coming and going out of my life.
A few, I had to let go for various reasons though if I were to say that there was a common theme to each one of these, I would have to say it was a lack of respect towards me and/or their job. Others have completed their couple of days training and have worked one or two days then quit on the spot. These situations are extremely difficult for me to get my head around. I don’t understand why people go for a job and accept the offer of employment that they don’t even want.
As an employer, this is a massive waste of time, resources and money. The time and resources of a current Support Worker as well as mine put into preparing and filling in all of the paperwork and on the job training. Payment of two employees as well as printing out forms and the postage adds up to an expensive exercise for someone to start employment and to be gone within a week or so. This can also take a toll on me personally.
Having complete strangers come into my home, my sanctuary and watch me have a shower all in the first five minutes of our second time of meeting can be emotionally draining and extremely frustrating. I have no choice in the matter, I have to employ staff and they do come and go. The ones who don’t give a second thought to the implications that it has on me or my company seemingly get off scot-free. I dread to think what could happen to me as an employer legally if I just changed my mind about an employee without giving them a fair chance. Also personally, I don’t think that I could do that morally, I must admit though sometimes I wish that my morals would take a long walk off a short pier.