I work for SSM, and as they continue to "tighten their belt" by taking away benefits/incentives, I was wondering what employees of other systems especially in the St. Louis area are dealing with. So far, we've had a torrent of memos and rumors about what is going on. Verified in print are that there is no more tuition reimbursement, no more loan reimbursement, no more 403(b) matching, no raises for upper upper management this year, no funds available for non-company inservices. Supposedly it's for 2009 but there's nothing stating definitively when they'll re-evaluate the situation. We also just found out that there is no more bonus pay for extra shifts and no more sign-on bonuses. Personally I think they're shooting themselves in the foot at this point, but who cares what I think? I'm just a floor nurse. We're also dealing with an environment where what would have hardly been noticed before as far as employees speaking out is resulting in e-mails that basically say "toe the line or find somewhere else to work".
So what are the rest of you dealing with? Anyone else out there find that suddenly the atmosphere of their facility has turned into one where the best thing to do is keep your head down and your mouth shut? Anyone have any ideas as far as programs to implement to help deal with the situation? (Example...as a cost saving measure, we just went through and cleaned out all of the extra supplies that we don't normally use to send back to SPD so that they can be distributed where they will get use.)