I am responding to multiple people with my posts. It's not all about you.Perilous, go back and check, I have never made derogatory comments or assumptions about you in any of my posts, actually I commented that being a foster parent is a difficult job.
I was not asserting that a deli manager was comparable to a child welfare worker. My intention was to point out that no one is perfect and all jobs get messed up at some time. However, so many people in this state insist on degrading ALL social workers when one bad case hits the media.
My only intention of any of these posts was to point out that real people with real feelings sit at those desks and are faced with inexplicably difficult decisions and tasks every day. It sickens me time and again when EVERY social worker is lumped into this category of bad practice and laziness when that is most certainly not the case.
I have made no assumptions about you, go back and check, yet you assume I am a social worker and that I am an ongoing social worker and that I am someone who does not do my job. Did it cross your mind that I may be none of the above? ALL I am looking for is for DCF social workers to be treated fairly as individuals, thousands of whom have huge hearts and work themselves sick trying to do right.
Also, you assume I need or want a new job. Perhaps, just perhaps I actually love my job, have been doing it for years and years and love what I do. Maybe I am a homefinder but have been in the shoes of ongoing workers? Maybe I am an ongoing worker and struggle to keep up but at the end of the day know I tried my hardest to keep children safe?
JUST STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT PEOPLE!!
Those people rude enough to suggest one needs to work as a SW to see how the systemic failings are somehow justified because of high caseloads are ludicrous. In my job I make less than a state SW, my husband makes more. Our jobs have less at stake and we still do not get to cut out at 5 p.m. because the office is closed, we don't get government holidays off, we don't get days off to go to Beacon Hill and lobby for raises, we don't paid for commuting or wear and tear on our vehicles. When most people in the private sector have a crisis at work, a deadline or a project overdue, they stay late and work more than their scheduled hours to get caught up. They don't complain to their bosses that their workload is too high, they just get the job done. If they can't or won't get the job done, they go find a new job (by choice or necessity).
They also don't get pensions, they are responsible for investing on their own in 401ks (for all the Charmin they're printed on now). Unlike the rest of us who will lose our retirement because of the market forces and greedy people in high and low places, your pensions are assured and paid for by us, as is your salary.
I really don't see how you have much to complain about in terms of workload and/or compensation. I'm sorry, I just don't see it.