My hat's off to you for taking on this challenge. I worked in a center very similar to this before. I was one of the motivated staff members with a worn out staff waiting for a new direction. We then were given a new director. The first week she observed and let things continue as normal. The second week we had a meeting that focused on the strengths of the staff. The following week we had age group brain storming with her during this time she shared her story and background with us. This meeting built a whole level of respect for her and the vision she had for our program. She instilled in us there that it was our program and that we were a family. Our first goal was to build a work family so lots of team building exercises. We also were given the task of building the class portfolio for accreditation.
I think sharing with us the ultimate goal of accreditation and giving us team building and other trainings worked for the entire staff. Changes were made. We learned there has to be some sort of uncomfortable to grow. There were lots of consequences for those who weren't on board with moving in a positive direction. Training was offered to show how the proper ways to fulfill the different criteria in the portfolio.
This is a super challenging thing to take on but it is possible put advertisements out to hire on more staff and have them waiting in the wings if possible.Just taking the time to get to know one another builds empathy and helps each person value their team and leadership and take the perspective of one another.
Drawing clear lines of acceptable behavior, while still acknowledging differences in a respectful manner can help staff react with compassion to all the interact with including children and parents as well as their fellow staff. If they are I powered as professionals they will take pride in their work (at least that is the ultimate goal.)hope this helps someone!
------------------------------Amanda RoyPreschool TeacherHarmony's HouseStafford VA------------------------------
Hi Dawne,I need the very same information. Will you email me the list a give some more direction on you path you took to this positive outcome. I would be very thankful.