|Five resolutions for a New Year’s corrections tune up|
|By Joe Bouchard|
Could I be healthier?
Am I nice enough to others?
Am I doing the right thing with my money?
As a new year dawns, many of us take stock of ourselves. We ask many questions. And this is increased as a new decade begins. Maybe the mystique of a year that ends in zero gives us an exciting opportunity to look back and also look forward.
This is an opportunity for corrections staff, a large group of people working in a high-stress occupation. I believe that corrections staff need to be able to self-assess on vocational matters. After all, an honest awareness of oneself might lead to more success on the job. That paves the way to an efficiency that ultimately improves safety for the public.
It all starts with the individual. Below are five resolutions that might help make a safer year in which the corrections professional is more vested in their chosen career.
I acknowledge that this may be too optimistic for the tastes of some. However, I subscribe to the idea of positive realism. (Those who know me from corrections understand that I worked for 25 years in a maximum correctional facility. So, this is not simple positive realism from a detached party. Rather, this is from someone who has experienced the peaks and valleys of corrections for a quarter of a decade.) One can have a bright outlook, but still acknowledge the inherent challenges of circumstances.
With all sincerity, I wish all corrections professionals a great new decade.
Joe Bouchard is a retired corrections veteran and writer with 25 years of experience. At the time of his retirement, he was employed as a librarian by the Michigan Department of Corrections and was collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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