Australian Red Cross Lifeblood FAQ

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20 November 2019

Does Australian Red Cross Lifeblood give time off to volunteer?

Pros

Volunteer donors best thing about the job. Salary packaging very good.

Cons

Covert and overt bullying by management makes for an unhappy place. Expectations of meeting and increasing KPIs unrealistic as pressures are put on staff to do so without making mistakes. Not enough time to do training. Says there is flexibility in job hours. That is not strictly true as you are required to conform to operational requirements.

Advice to Management

Get a grip. Your staff are human beings. Tell your managers and session leaders to quit bullying staff and to be more informed about correct protocols when sorting out staff issues.

Volunteer donors best thing about the job.

20 November 2019

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16 February 2020

How are the career development opportunities at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood?

Pros

Great career development Our work saves lives and improves the lives of patients across the country The ability to make up time at the end /start of a shift if er need to leave work early on another day

Cons

Having to work rotating roster can be difficult when start times of shifts can vary a lot, makes work life balance hard to maintain having to work late shifts

Great career development

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16 February 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood?

Pros

- Every day you get to contribute to supporting the blood supply of Australia. - You have the opportunity to speak to some amazing people and have great conversations with people who want to help others. - Work for a supportive leadership team who are flexible and play to your strengths. - Excellent pay and benefits. - Opportunities to develop and learn new skills with hard work.

Cons

- Phone work can often lead to repetitiveness and can be monotonous, however consistently achieving your work goals and being a valued member of the team will allow for further opportunities to develop.

Advice to Management

- Clear communication is always key to maintaining a strong relationship.

- Work for a supportive leadership team who are flexible and play to your strengths.

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28 April 2020

Does there seem to be diversity at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood?

Pros

Safe job at the moment. Some flexible working arrangements if you can access them. If you are not frontline, you will probably be happy. Trying to change the culture to be better, just unsure of really how to make that happen.

Cons

Absolutely no career progression. No diversity action. Leadership mentality is to promote the mirror image of themselves- it is endemic. Anyone who presents a different point of view is stuck where they are, forever. Dodgy hiring and promotion practices, especially internally. I work in an area that a person just magically one day turned into the 2IC. No job ad. No interviews. No one else given the chance, even though there are at least two others who are suitably qualified and capable. Bullying practices are fairly common, depending on where you are. Especially if you take a chance on yourself or think outside of the box. There are 2 populations of staff, the frontline staff (treated fairly poorly, generally an afterthought in decision making processes, no development opportunities, very little flexibility) and the bureaucracy (treated well, flexible working arrangements, development opportunities, paid better, respected for the job they do) Divisions and areas are completely siloed. Job and pay structure (classifications) are some of the most limited I have ever come across, which is having an impact on employment etc. it is impossible to move classifications and/or grades and once you reach the top of your very short grade, that is is for movement for you. The culture is trying to be better, the shadow culture doesn’t reflect that yet and at the rate it is going it will be many years before tangible change happens.

Advice to Management

Value your frontline staff, instead of just paying them lip service. Make sure decisions involve them. Make hiring, promotion and development practices completely transparent. Have somewhere to report questionable cultural leadership. Be open to classification movements for experienced staff.

No diversity action.

28 April 2020

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25 June 2019

How is management perceived at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood?

Pros

Lovely people to work with, great benefits, very flexible

Cons

Upper management do not care or listen to reason. Making working conditions more stressful than need be

Advice to Management

Listen to your staff as they have more knowledge of what goes on in the centre than you do

Upper management do not care or listen to reason.

25 June 2019

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