Top Tips for Motivating Staff
In any early childhood setting, motivating teaching staff is a key element in ensuring the effective running of the establishment.
Not surprisingly, motivation has been defined as a ‘concept with no agreed single definition’ (Law and Glover 2000 in Jones 2004). Team leaders will know that sustained motivation is pivotal to the success of any team.
Here are a few sample indicators of a motivated and de-motivated team.
Indicators of a Motivated Team
Energy and determination to succeed
Commitment to overcome problems and challenges
Willingness to accept change
Indicators of a De-Motivated Team
Apathy and indifference towards the job
High levels of absenteeism
Lack of cooperation when dealing with challenge
Resistance to change
Tips for Motivating Staff
Value members of the team
Listen to staff
Establish an environment of approval and cooperation
Provide opportunities for staff to develop and progress
Set achievable standards for staff
Recognise and commend the skill sets of staff
Acknowledge any achievements and successes
Agree and communicate goals for the team
Patricia Mezu is the Director of Professional Minds FZ LLC, a Dubai based educational consultancy, specialising in early childhood education. www.prminds.org