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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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:
- They want more money
- Employees tend to leave because of issues with management
- Issues with their co-workers
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
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To Your Success,