Are your values reflected by your service providers?
I was recently asked to provide some insight for an article, about how I recruit team members, and what it is I look for. (You can see the full article here)
The biggest thing I look for is a person’s values, and how they align with my company.
I am so grateful that I found the right people for my team. How did I l know they were the right fit? Because their values aligned with my own, and therefor, my company’s.
It’s a big step when you decide to take on a team member. You start asking questions about how your company will be represented, and importantly, will the people you support be happy.
So when you learn about someone’s values, you gain an insight into how they will support people. Do they have empathy, are they kind, do they value equality and human rights?
So ask yourself, do the people that provide your supports have values that align with yours?
Unsure? Have a think how your providers speak to you, include you in decisions about you, or your loved ones, how do they write their case/program notes?
A biggie, how does your support coordinator make a referral? Are they presenting you with options? Are they researching to find the best match? Or are they just referring to their own organisation?
Some things to think about.