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Employees are treated as spreadsheet figures; if you are NOT making LCHS money, you will be fired in the next 18 months. Half a dozen highly competent managers were fired shortly after my position was made "redundant". The culture leans toward highly vocal types who throw their weight around at meetings, and show flashy $$$ reports, generally to the CFO and CEO, whom they make a habit of befriending as early as possible. These types ruthlessly do not show any regard for their more tempered colleagues, who are only focused on doing an excellent job, and caring for the employees in their department.

For the number of I.T. services to be maintained, projections to be reported, people to be managed on a daily basis, you cannot possibly survive with a simple help desk. Admittedly, the current ICT manager actually knows his stuff, but he's at the mercy of an utterly I.T.-illiterate corporate team and CEO, who don't really bother to plan for roles such as business analysts. Corporate culture in these types of businesses just see I.T. as a glorified Helpdesk. On one hand, senior management want to see cutting edge technology they can brag about, especially in the NDIS space, yet they hire and fire I.T. business analysts because they DON'T UNDERSTAND the significant role they play. You need I.T. people who are constantly researching, forecasting and budgeting, that can SUPPORT the I.C.T. manager - not leave it all to him.

There is a horrible feminist culture, which I since learnt abounds in many healthcare-centric businesses. A man may only have to look the wrong way at a senior female manager and he will be stamped upon and silenced without being given a say. Having said that, there are many wonderful female employees who know how to work with team members of all genders and people from all backgrounds. The ex-nurses etc. that are now in senior management roles are so defensive of "their department" that should anyone (especially a man) tread on a toe or bypass that person even if it's to ask a question, they will be silenced and reported. I suspect a lot of this behaviour among the 55+ female employees is poorly managed menopause and working themselves into the ground, sadly becoming bitter they work long hours to "fly the female manager" flag, and sparing barely any time for family.

Answered 19 July 2018

Extremely controlling by females 50+ years old. If you're not a confident man, you probably won't last long. Many fiercely defend their departments like they're in a war.

Answered 19 July 2018

Stressful part of the works were volume of project across the state of Victoria. The initial project requirements and standards weren't available leading to the expectations not set correctly. It was expected to establish such system in place first.

Answered 23 May 2020

Provided LCHS "rounds up", this means 40% of the equivalent full time position. Although LCHS has a 37.5 or 38 hour work week, 40% of a standard 40 hour work week is 2 days, or 16 hours.

In summary: 0.4EFT is effectively a part time role, 2 days a week, paying 40% of a full-time colleague in the same role.

Answered 19 July 2018
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