We have always said that our staff are our greatest asset. From a 3 day induction period and a buddy system people learn and grow into their roles during their probationary periods.
Our supervisions are not just a paper exercise completed and filed away to be forgotten. There effectiveness in discussing the practitioners key group, workload and involvement in the setting that term keep the focus on them and their needs at any one time.
Training is staff and team specific. From internal or external training days to short video clips, we have learned how to be clever in how we support professional development, identifying peoples strengths and supporting their weaknesses.
Peer observations that we did once because someone told us to, have since been re introduced because it was the right time for us. They have put people in charge of their own learning where they initiate sharing expertise and knowledge across the teams through observation and professional reflections.
Team surveys have been revamped and help us to be pro active rather than re active by using questions that focus on and reveal elements of wellbeing and involvement, much like we do for children, helping us to analyse each setting and any specific needs individuals or teams may have throughout the year.
We can see where individuals and our teams are almost engaged, engaged or super engaged which all helps with motivating people and growing your own leaders.
And then there is of course the fun stuff! Termly staff awards, no sickness bonuses, personal letters home of praise or thanks from the director, annual company awards night, conferences, exhibitions and nights away, lunches at meetings etc