Working for Oregon’s Department of Human Services is stressful. That’s one of the findings of an agency-wide survey released Wednesday by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.
DHS runs programs that serve people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-income families and children in foster care.
Nearly two-thirds of the agency’s 7,900 workers responded to a survey this year from auditors with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. The result: Working at DHS can be stressful, especially in the Child Welfare Division where nearly three-quarters of respondents said work-related stress is “too high.” And nearly half of respondents across all divisions said they didn’t have the tools and resources necessary to do their job.
DHS workers in the foster care system have been under increased scrutiny in the past year because of shortcomings in services.
Despite the challenges, more than 85 percent of the DHS employees who responded to the survey said they were proud to work at the agency.