ERIC Number: ED288156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Project Report: On-The-Job Training and Enhanced Career Progression as Interventions for Direct Care Staff Turnover.
Doriety, Thomas E.
This paper reports on a project designed to reduce child care worker turnover at a residential treatment center by the development and introduction of a 5-day, on-the-job training curriculum for beginning child care workers. It describes the on-the-job training program which used experienced child care workers who displayed supervisory potential as guides to introduce new employees to the principles of basic cottage management. The setting of the project is described as a private residential treatment center which provides a therapeutic community for the treatment of 400 severely emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children, adolescents, and young adults. The problem of recruiting, training, and retaining quality direct-care staff is discussed and studies of staff turnover are reviewed. A comparative analysis is described which compared controllable turnover rates of new child care workers who were hired before (N=223) and after (N=142) the program implementation. Results are discussed which showed that, since implementation of the program: (1) personnel responded favorably to the on-the-job training program; (2) there was an overall reduction in the Controllable Turnover rate across all demographic factors; (3) males and persons with post-secondary education were reported as higher turnover risks; and (4) an increase in promotions from within was experienced. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Caregivers, Children, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Disturbances, Labor Turnover, On the Job Training, Personnel Data, Personnel Selection, Program Effectiveness, Residential Institutions, Staff Orientation, Young Adults
Information Services of Florida, 2538 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33020 (1-9 copies, $4.50 ea. postpaid; 10 copies, $40.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Information Services of Florida, Hollywood.
Note: Paper presentd at the Annual Meeting of the South Florida Conference for Child and Youth Care Administrators (Miami Beach, FL, January 23-24, 1987).