OMG (Oh My Gourd)- Top 10 Staff Demotivators to Avoid for a Happier Workplace

What Does it Mean to be Demotivated? To be a "Demotivated Employee" means that someone is less enthusiastic about their work than they used to be. The simple prefix "de" implies that they began excited, but something happened to demotivate them. In most cases we don't  have to look too far to find the cause. It is usually the manager or supervisor and the environment that they've created. This isn't just my opinion. Gallup research shows that a mind-boggling 70 percent of an employee's motivation is influenced by his or her manager. lt's no wonder employees don't leave jobs; they leave managers.

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Making a Difference in a Big Way

Marcia St. Hilaire Finn, Managing Owner and Director of Bright Star Early Care and Preschool, lights up wherever she is with her enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude. She joins the show to talk about her start in Dominica and how she ended up in Washington D.C., her advice on setting smart goals, and shares her logistics on her teacher engagement and culture of fun and dedication. Marcia also discusses how her background in Pediatric Nursing helps Bright Star stand out, along with their attention to serving the children and their families using music, language studies, and healthy living.

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Fighting the Labor Crisis – A Conversation with Chuck Gibbs

Whether we like it or not, the child care industry is in a labor crisis. With a booming economy right now, unemployment rates are at an all time low in the United States and companies across the country continue to raise their minimum pay in order to stay competitive and attract hard working employees. Unfortunately, in this industry, it can be hard to keep up with competitive wages and this can make you feel discouraged when trying to seek out A players because you feel like you don’t have enough to offer to them.

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How to Spot Teacher Burnout, and How to Manage It

Lety Carvajal and Raul Pineyro of Springview Academy in Florida join the show today to talk about working as a married couple, the cute story of how they met and became a partnership, and spotting teacher burnout. They are both highly focused on professional development, active leadership and creating a culture that serves children and their families yet also provides the staff with a healthy amount of freedom and autonomy. They share the story of how they went from 125 children to 350, almost tripling their enrollment and the strategies of success that keep them at the top of their game.

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Overcoming Adversity and Bringing Out the Best In People – Jake & Leann

In this episode, I am joined by Leann and Jake Chamberlain, a husband and wife team that run Brighton Montessori in Brighton, Michigan. Leann was the recent winner of the Child Care Rockstar contest at the 2018 Child Care Success Summit. Her vulnerable and authentic approach won the hearts of everyone there. They discuss what it felt like to get out of their comfort zone to enter the contest, the ways they continue to grow their enrollment and connect with the community, the unique challenges of running a Montessori school, and what’s next for the dynamic duo.

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