A high degree of employee turnover can impact your child care center greatly — and in a not-so-positive way. Once you understand the most common reasons for turnover, you’ll have a better idea of how to avoid employee dissatisfaction and be in a better place to retain quality staff members for many years. Not only will that create a positive, stable work environment for all your staff, but it will also reduce the turmoil associated with transitions for the children under your care and help retain families — and attract new ones — as part of your thriving child care family.
In Part 1, we considered two major factors in employee turnover and how Jackrabbit Child Care Management Software can help you reduce those issues. Now we’ll take a look at two more and how Jackrabbit Care helps you address them.
No Evaluation or Recognition
Your childcare teachers and other staff members may love what they do, but even if your compensation package is competitive, it won’t make up for a regular and strategic evaluation process and suitable recognition. All of us have blind spots, and an evaluation can help give valuable feedback that will address areas of weakness and provide goals for future development. It’s likely that employees realize their shortcomings already but lack the skills or experience to know how to improve. (Evaluations can easily dovetail into offering opportunities for professional development as well.)
With Jackrabbit Care software, you can easily coordinate schedules for regular evaluations with staff members and even give them access ahead of time to the categories you’ll be using in your evaluation. Jackrabbit also provides a way to track evaluations from year to year, giving staff members the ability to see progress.
If you decide to add a regular format for recognition, you can easily post kudos to the Staff Portal Dashboard as well as the Parent Portal so all those in your child care center family will be able to see the reasons you’ve selected a certain teacher as “Teacher of the Month.”
Lack of Contribution to the Program
If your teachers care about the children in your care and are qualified to lead within your program, you’ll greatly benefit from giving ear to their ideas for improvement and innovation. But you’ll also stand to make your employees feel a greater sense of fulfillment when they get to contribute in significant ways to developing your care center program. Of course, when staff members are enthusiastic, that increases overall morale, which will benefit children and positively impact parents as well.
You can also positively impact your childcare staff’s desire to contribute their ideas by employing performance-based compensation by which all staff members benefit monetarily as your child care center grows. You can encourage and track such growth through weekly KPI reviews, made easy through Jackrabbit Care’s detailed reporting features.