A quote By Tom Peters –
“The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people”
The word “business” seems such a calculated description of an industry that is such a “feel good” and “loving” environment. However, Early Learning Centres are businesses, and investing in early childhood educators has a multitude of benefits for business.
Zig Ziglar once said, “You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build the business.” This snippet of wise wisdom rings true in every business niche. The people you choose to hire are what make or break your business. Investing in your employees is a good use of your company’s time, money, and energy.
How does your early learning centre invest in your educators? It’s an important question that deserves attention. Investing in your educators is more than just supplying free coffee (although teachers do really like that simple perk). Investing in your educators can:
- Increase educator satisfaction
- Increase educator retention
- Create employee loyalty
- Boost an education centre’s reputation
- Build skill sets
- Increase engagement in the workplace
- Boost the bottom line
- Ensure future growth and long term success
- Attract top recruits
- Create a sustainable workforce
- Increase educator morale
- Create a positive company culture
According to best selling author Jacob Morgan, who analysed more than 250 organisations for his book, The Employee Experience Advantage, companies that invested heavily in the employee experience earned more than four times the average profit and two times the average revenue compared to those that didn’t.
These are impressive statistics that are inspiring change. According to a recent Forbes article, so much attention is being given to how employees perceive their work environment that employee experience is becoming one of the most important factors for a business to focus on.
And while Early Childhood businesses may not have buckets of money to invest “heavily” there are ways that owners and directors can ensure employees feel invested in!
Elicit Employee Feedback
Anonymous employee surveys can provide abundant feedback. When employees are given the opportunity to freely share their feelings, they can offer insights into the problems affecting them in the workplace or remotely and even provide positive solutions.
Explore Team-Building Activities
Some may think that team building is all about feel-good activities without much value. Actually, it’s an investment in your business that improves communication between employees, fosters collaboration, ignites new ideas, boosts morale and increases productivity.
There are countless team-building activities, and it’s important to select what’s right for you. Activities can range from organised training sessions to group discussions and should include employees from various parts of the business. If you don’t feel equipped to develop a program, there are professionals who specialize in team building and can help create a suitable program.
Put The Right Tools In Place To Support Educator Recruitment & Retainment
Take recruiting and retention, with high turnovers and technology that enables employees to change jobs more frequently, reality has forced education centres to become more creative when it comes to attracting and retaining the best talent. Feel-good perks are nice, but what educators really want is technology, resources and well-equipped workplaces.
Inferior technology and lack of resources is a frustrating time-waster that can negatively affect employee satisfaction and damage a centre’s reputation. Frustrated employees often voice their opinions, and a negative public image can thwart recruiting efforts. Progressive education centres provide technology, well-equipped workplaces and resources ongoing.
Invest In Training
Technology is only beneficial if educators know how to use it. Be sure to train staff and allow them time to use technology. Seeking employee feedback, developing team building exercises, implementing employee experience technology, and providing learning opportunities can help engage workers and boost morale. Ensure ongoing professional development for all early childhood educators – by doing this you are investing in the ongoing professionalism, growth and success of your business.
The Education Gap provides an online learning platform that allows for continual training, growth and upskilling for early childhood educators and early learning centres. Let us help support your business.
Don’t forget “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.”