Why Motivating Educational Employees Matters More Than You Might Think
Motivating employees in schools is important. Everyone talks about motivating the students, but not many people talk about motivating staff. It’s the teacher’s job to motivate the students, right? Or perhaps not…
Things are starting to change. Motivating employees is being seen as just as important, if not more so, as motivating the students.
In the business world, employee morale and happiness is counted in as a sure sign of a healthy company. Having a positive culture plays a large part in reflecting the overall success of an organisation. So why is it different in schools?
Analysing what motivates your staff is the first step to creating a more motivational mind-set in your school. Due to the nature of the career path, it is likely that they are not going to be highly motivated by money (although money helps, you can’t deny it!) as the very character of their day job is one of caring, inspiring and guiding. After all, if they wanted more money, wouldn’t they have gone into business? Taking time to find out what makes each of your staff members tick is a great way to start motivating employees.
Things that motivate your team could be as simple as the quality of the time that they are spending with their colleagues, or how often they are recognised for what they do.
Once you have discovered what motivates your employees, start to take steps to increase the motivation and morale within the school. Remember that it might not be something that you have to implement, but there may be procedures that are draining motivation and need to be revised or replaced.
We have done a bit of research, and we’ve got 4 unique ways that other schools are motivating employees.
- No Complaints Zone – One school introduced a No Complaints Zone to stop the negative small talk.
- A ‘Thank You’ Culture – Showing appreciation is a large part of increasing motivation. Manchester university even wrote a policy on saying thank you!
- Inter-staff Activities – Another school allowed teachers to have fun together. The teachers got together in the school hall every week for a Yoga session after school. Having fun with the other teachers helps to build stronger relationships.
- Upgraded Facilities – Showing your appreciation for staff can be done through upgrading their facilities. Perhaps some new (more comfortable and stylish?) sofas in the staffroom, or simply a new water cooler can make a world of difference to a teacher’s day.
An important factor in motivation is that every individual knows they are valued and appreciated. For school leadership teams it is important to make sure that this is displayed.
So whether you are going to go all out and refurbish your staff room, or simply purchase a new coffee machine, make sure that you are doing something to recognise the efforts of the staff. Reward and recognition goes a long way to help motivating employees!
That’s why we are passionate about making sure your staff are motivated, engaged and happy. Call us on 020 8997 9656 for to make sure that your environments are motivating employees.