Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Major Source of Staff Stress--Other Staff!

We keep hearing that the biggest source of stress in the day-to-day operations of a prison or jail is other staff. What's that about? And how can it be prevented?
The other day we received this email.
I hate to say this, but I found there are plenty of employees who choose to be miserable! It isn't bad enough they chose that for themselves, but they also choose to spread it around to others! This fact can be proven by how many staff often make the statement "It's not the inmates I can't deal with—it’s the staff!" I am in agreement with this statement. Being prepared to work with the prisoners is difficult enough, but to have to constantly deal with the "private agendas" being contrived by staff could best be compared to a bunch of junior high school students experiencing hormonal changes. (Except these are adults I'm talking about!) You just never know what’s coming next...
What is needed for staff to make each other's life easier, not harder, on the job?

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