This blog post is an excerpt from my Director’s Handbook.
Creating a winning team is a vital part of providing quality child care care.
In fact, a winning team starts with having a great coach, “The Director.” You are the coach of the team and you call all the plays. When you fail to call plays, the team does not know which way to go.
It is your role to communicate with the team on a regular basis and make sure that all the players are doing their part on the team, because what one player does not do, affects the entire team.
Teamwork is birthed
When you concentrate on
“ We” instead of “me.”
~ John Maxwell
Tips for Building a Winning Team
- Stay focused on the Big Picture…your center’s goal
- Be sure that your staff members are positioned where they have the most value
- Deal with the weak links…immediately
- Inspire your staff to make things happen
- Give your staff direction and confidence
- Keep bad apples by themselves, if possible or get rid of them
- Hold staff members accountable
- Communicate…Communicate and interact!
- Keep the morale high by having fun
- Promote unity with social gatherings
- Reward your staff for their efforts
- Show them you care and challenge them to be the best
For more tips on how to effectively manage your team or your Child Care Center, download my Director’s Handbook!
Do you have a high turnover in your Child Care Business? Is Gossip a Big problem in your Business? Are your employees calling off all the time?
If you answered yes to at least two of the questions above, I have some ideas that will help you to create a better work environment for your employees!
I’m going to be honest with you! My biggest struggle in the business of Child Care is dealing with all the issues that come with having employees. However, I realized that I had to focus on building a great place to work and not the issues that could come with having employees.So I made a few changes and I’m going to share them with you today.
- Plan fun events for you and your team such as a Monthly potluck. On Friday October 9, 2015, I decided to have my first seafood potluck with my team. I was surprised to know that many of my staff members love seafood!! We had crab legs, shrimp, crab fettuccine and so much more. Moreover, the moral was very high that day.
- Reward your employees for having perfect attendance (if your budget allows). When you show your appreciation for punctuality, your employees will do more of what you praise! Ideas: Give perfect attendance certificates, consider giving a monthly bonus or $20-25 or give a spa gift bag. What ever you choose to give, show your appreciation to those dependable employees.
- Be a Positive Leader. when I hire new employees, many of the employees often seem to open up to me and tell me that their old bosses lacked people skills. People love to work for positive leaders.
- Plan Fun outings with your staff. This year I did something that I had never done before, I invited my team members to join me at a Joyce Meyers conference. In fact, four of my staff members joined me and we had a great time!!
- Invest in your employees. Train them, mentor and coach them. I recently had an employee to come into my office just to tell me that she appreciated the fact that I took a chance to hire her and she appreciated the fact that I mentor her. **She made my day!
I hope that you have been inspired you to take a closer look at how you manage your assistants or staff members. Furthermore, I want you to know that when your employees are happy working for you, they will go beyond your expectations.
It’s time to get to work on creating a great place to work!
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