on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the backbone of the workforce behind community living and services supporting individuals in achieving greater independence. For more than thirty years, the DSP workforce has been one of the most unstable workforces nationwide. Recently, national statistics showed that annual turnover rates for DSPs were at 50%, in comparison to the average 3% turnover rate across all jobs. The economic crisis of COVID-19 has further challenged the industry.
After much study and creative thinking, we set out to try something new by approaching our schedules differently. Scheduling staff in 12-hour shifts and offering reduced number of days worked per week.
Our goals are simple:
We began offering 12-hour shifts in July, starting slowly, working with small groups at a time and adjusting as we went. We have been pleased with the outcomes we’re seeing and feedback we’re hearing from persons served and our DSPs.