Building a Positive and Professional Working Environment for your Staff

I just got back from a cruise!! It was amazing! I was lucky enough to go on the Child Care Marketing Owners Mastermind at Sea last week, and I was so inspired by the level of sharing and participation from all of the owners and directors that attended. Probably 70 percent of what we covered and discussed had to do with our people, our staff, our teams. The owners on the cruise were very concerned with creating the best working environment possible for their staff, and that was so encouraging and inspiring to me.

In our business, our PEOPLE are the most important asset we have. Our staff need to be able to nurture and teach these precious youngsters, while juggling the thousands of other minute details required of them (such as daily reports, portfolios, classroom cleaning, bulletin boards, keeping track of socks, and overall safety.

In our business, our PEOPLE are the most important asset we have. Our staff need to be able to nurture and teach these precious youngsters, while juggling the thousands of other minute details required of them (such as daily reports, portfolios, classroom cleaning, bulletin boards, keeping track of socks, and overall safety

The relationships you build with your directors, teachers and other staff really sets the tone for the culture of your center!

I thought I would leave you with a few quick tips on things you can do right now to begin creating a better work environment for your staff

1. Train & Trust

Provide thorough training to your new staff and continued training for all your staff. Then trust that your team will follow what they have learned and act in your company’s best interest. Remember people want to do their best, they want to be valued and contribute. You have to trust them and give them the freedom to do so (within the limits you set for them, such as licensing rules, and curriculum standards).

Studies have shown that when determining the amount of stress an employee feels on the job, it is not based on the type of work they do, or holding a higher level position in a company. It is based on the amount of control people feel they have in their jobs. If they feel trusted, and able to make some decisions, their stress levels are lower, which leads me to my next point.

2. Let them Make Decisions

Yes! Nothing says “I don’t trust you” like not letting