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No More Boring Meetings

According to Effective Meetings.com, “When the average employee is asked to attend another meeting during their busy day, the natural response is to run like the wind or at least fake a scheduling conflict. ingesting a little fun into your meetings might be just the right thing to encourage participation and creativity.”

Only Call Meetings When  Necessary

Meetings are necessary to bring the staff together, to discuss goals and to be sure that everyone is on one accord. However, if you just call a meeting just to talk about a long list of issues, that is simply a waste of  your time.

Establish a goal for your meeting and make it a teachable moment. Meetings are a great way to train staff, invite staff to share and laugh together.

Sample Meeting Agenda

Twice a month I create a 30-minute meeting agenda and I only focus on 3-5 topics. The main focus of my meetings is to discuss classroom practices, review quality care indicators and to get feedback from my staff. Here is an example of how I conduct my meetings:

Topics:

1. Share Positive News/Praise/Share funny stories

2. Review what we discussed at last meeting and progress

3. Quality Care Discussion: Promoting self-help skills, Art Activities, Issue handouts

4. Our next meeting, Upcoming events

5. Staff feedback

Having a meeting agenda helps you to stay on track and gives the meeting a focus. I really believe that my staff view our meetings as a time of fellowship, because we simply chat about the programs goals, their desires and we enjoy coming together in a fun and professional manner.

My meetings have not always been fun and interesting. Several years ago, I had a teacher that would bring her work to the meetings and I literally stopped the meeting to tell her, that she must be attentive to what is being said at the meeting. She was there in body and not there in spirit.

This encouraged me to develop my meeting management skills and to get to the point. Moreover, I  learned to never share  bad news at meetings and to keep it positive.

Save negative or sensitive information for private meetings, unless the news affects the entire team.

5 Ways to Liven up Meetings

  1. Hold meetings after Lunch breaks
  2. Always have something funny to share
  3. Praise staff members as a group, tell them how proud you are of them
  4. Be understanding
  5. Let them know the purpose of the meeting and what you need for them to do
  6. Maintain good eye contact of each employee
  7. Invite feedback
  8. Invite staff to share Professional Development Success
  9. Problem solve as a team
  10. Conduct meetings as a Huddle; call the plays and encourage them to carry them out!

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6 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Staff Turnover

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The child care field is known for having a high turnover rate. In fact, research has indicated that the high turnover is due to low wages and many other work place issues that I don’t want to waste your time covering in the blog post.

However, I do want to  share with you that I have found that wages is not the only reason that employees leave.

In my 14 years of being an employer, I have found that employees leave for the following reasons:

  1. They want more money
  2. Employees tend to leave because of issues with management
  3. Issues with their co-workers
  4. They are not happy working for you

Today I want to share with you 6 easy ways to  reduce your turnover rate and strategies that will empower you to create a great place to work.

  1. Grow as a Leader. When you grow as a Leaders, you change the way that you lead your team. In fact, you will improve your leadership skills.
  2. Edify your staff daily. I challenge you to intentionally say something positive about their performance daily. We all need encouragement. (A Positive word is as medicine to the soul)
  3.  Increase What you do for your team. Every year I evaluate what I’m already offering my team and I increase what I do for my team. (If you think that doing more will cost you; it will cost you to keep losing good employees. For example: If you already buy your team lunch once a month; now it may be time to buy lunch twice a month. I think you get the point.
  4. Coach Your Team. Investing in your team is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your staff. Look at it this way: when you coach your staff, they feel that you value them and that they are worth your time. Be a coach, not a Boss!
  5. Offer incentives. Your employees work for you because they love what they do and they also want to get paid for a job well done. However, it is always a nice bonus to work for a boss that offers incentives. Incentive ideas: Perfect attendance, enrollment referral incentives, job referrals, special gifts for a job well done, etc. Incentives are a great way to motivate your employees!
  6. Build a Culture of Family. I treat my employees like they are my family. I care about what goes on in their lives and offer my assistance when they face difficult times.  I celebrate their birthdays and celebrate special events in their lives. Moreover, I believe that creating a Family like culture will cause your employees to be loyal to your business. When you show your employees that you care, they will be loyal to your Business! Make people your first priority!

I have implemented all five of the strategies above in my Child Care Business and it works! In fact, I have recently heard employees tell me that they want to retire from Learning Days and their feedback inspired me to offer a Retirement plan in 2017!

If you are having issues with employee turnover or having trouble managing employees, contact me today for a One-hour Child Care Business Management Coaching Session. Click here

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To Your Success,

Shiketa Morgan

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