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The importance of staff development days

  1. 1. The Importance of Staff Development Days Ensuring the Success of Your Center By Investing Time in Your Employees .
  2. 2. Company <ul><li>In 2010, one of the biggest companies in the United States suffered it’s worst year to date. J&J had eight recalls, including popular children's versions of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. </li></ul><ul><li>Even more disturbing than making faulty children’s medicine was how they chose to handle the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid scrutiny, the company had a plan buy every package of Motrin by going store to store and purchasing the product off the shelves without informing the FDA . </li></ul><ul><li>This instance of poor decision making and poor products didn’t just happen overnight.This was traced back to 2005 when employees reported a lack of alignment between themselves and managerial behavior and the relation to company values and policies. </li></ul><ul><li>These patterns of bad behavior gradually increased and skewed the companies ability to produce a respectable product and make respectable judgment calls. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is Staff Development so Important? <ul><li>Taking the time to create an alignment between employee and leader actions to the company can make the all the difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases the feeling of camaraderie among staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes teachers and staff feel like their suggestions matter to the progress of the center. </li></ul><ul><li>Great teachers help create great students. Making an investment in your employees through compensation, setting proper standards, positive reinforcement and appropriate training benefits creates a better environment for all. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is Staff Development so Important? <ul><li>Research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement . </li></ul><ul><li>In a career field such Early Childhood Education, where low morale and high turnover rates are often the pitfalls of the profession, it is even more important to have regularly scheduled days set outside of the workplace to show appreciation and to keep them “in the know.” </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development days can be used as a refresher course, a chance to learn something new, or a reminder of why they chose the profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff meetings can benefit all teachers, whether the focus is the refinement of teaching skills, parent communication, or implementing new policies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ideas for Planning Your Own Staff Development Day <ul><li>Encouraging all employees to participate in the event relieves animosity towards leaders and poor performance at the workplace. </li></ul><ul><li>Putting out questionnaires to employees prior to the meeting ensures that the day will be focused on their desires and concerns. It gives a feeling of power to the employees, by showing them that their opinion matters to the success of the center </li></ul>
  6. 6. Suggestions for a Staff Development Day <ul><li>Plan the meeting with enough time in advance to ensure all staff members are able to make it. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the meeting place up to the staff. Chose a few areas such as: a beach, a park, someone’s house, or a restaurant and have them vote. </li></ul><ul><li>Start off the meeting by playing a “getting to know you game.” </li></ul><ul><li>Afterwards, show them an outline of what topics are planned to be discussed throughout the meeting so everyone will know what to expect. </li></ul><ul><li>The largest bulk of time should be addressing the findings from the questionnaires. So staff members feel their thoughts and feelings were taken into consideration. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Suggestions for a Staff Development Day …Continued <ul><li>Food is an important component to a staff development day; either by providing it or encouraging staff to bring their own. </li></ul><ul><li>After breaking for meals, have staff split into small groups with co-workers they aren’t familiar with. Allow them to work together to accomplish a task. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave some to to allow what the director feels should be addressed: teaching techniques, reminders, introducing new policies, handling parents, training new staff, or describing everyone’s title and the important role they play to the center. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Suggestions for a Staff Development Day …Continued <ul><li>Leave a segment of time to go over any questions, concerns or positive shout outs. </li></ul><ul><li>After the meeting has finished, encourage staff to stay and mingle with one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting shouldn’t have to end just because all topics were covered. Gathering together as a group to have fun builds a strong family foundation and can be a rejuvenating experience. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Patagonia Company <ul><li>Ken Lehman and Yvon Chouinard are the founders of the clothing company Patagonia. </li></ul><ul><li>The $314.5 million company, is known for its environmental focus and is beloved by their employees. </li></ul><ul><li>They create flexibility in workplace. Staff can choose their own schedules. </li></ul><ul><li>Pays employees to devote two weeks time to volunteering at an organization that directly relates to improving quality of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent, open communication -- including financial information -- equips people to do their best. </li></ul><ul><li>No set hierarchy. Creating a family-like atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides on-site childcare for working parents. </li></ul>What makes this company so successful? They respect and listen to their employees!
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Setting aside time for staff development days shows employees that you truly care about their success in the center. </li></ul><ul><li>It encourages staff to work together, boost morale and feel important. </li></ul><ul><li>Sets up clear and concise goals and expectations from both the director and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Patagonia’s success in keeping an open line of communication have proved them success while still holding on to that family-like atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson & Johnson’s reputation has been compromised due to the lack communication between and trust between its employee’s and the managers. </li></ul><ul><li>Investing time and money into your employees ensures that you are personally investing time and money into yourself as a leader. </li></ul>