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    Facebook Profile photoShannon Doty

    Where do you find your staff? Where do you post jobs? How do you keep your staff happy?

    Desiree Kameka

    There is a lot to unpack in this question!

    Recruitment is different depending on what type of community you live in. Word of mouth is of course the best, but many agencies will use online marketing. If you are close to a college or university, this is a great place to recruit future leaders in the field whose future profession could be inspired and shaped by supporting people with diverse abilities.

    Staff retention is often a challenge. From my site visits to projects across the country, the organizations who give their staff leadership roles and a living wage have kept staff for DECADES! Many people go into this field because they love the population they serve, but leave it because they can’t afford to stay in it…

    My suggestion would be to visit the AHN Resource Directory use the filter for ‘Staff Development’ for more practical resources. Some of the research in direct support professionals can be found in these resources:

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