At School Perceptions, we’re taking great comfort in holiday season traditions – even if those traditions are different than what we’re used to. We’re sending cards, making our favorite foods, and playing nostalgic holiday music.
As frontline workers, your staff is bearing the brunt of many of 2020’s difficulties.
How are they doing?
Your staff needs to know you care. Employees cannot and will not be engaged in their work without compassion, care, and empathy from supervisors and leadership.
To help, we developed a mid-year COVID-19 staff check-in survey, which is already being used by several districts across the state. This survey can help you determine how supported your staff feels, whether your instruction format is working effectively for your students, and whether your team has the tools and resources they need to teach this school year.
We are all ready to have 2020 in the rear-view mirror. Before that happens, it may be time to establish a new mid-year staff check-in tradition.
Your district is experiencing turnover. Do you know why? And is it more than just COVID?
In recent years, more than 3,000 teachers – close to 8 percent of the state’s entire teaching workforce – left their jobs for reasons other than retirement. At this point, we don’t know whether this school year will be comparable, but we do know that you spend roughly 80 percent of your budget on staff and personnel.
Turnover is expensive. On average, districts spend more than $14,000 to replace just one departing teacher but up to $50,000 for your most talented and impactful staff.
The good news is that turnover is manageable. Data from recent surveys suggest that more than half of teachers leave for non-financial reasons and that something could have been done to change their minds.
Our employee exit survey helps your district collect actionable data to help answer the questions, “Why are our employees leaving?” and, even more importantly, “Where should we focus our efforts to attract and retain high-quality staff?”
Happy holidays from our pets to yours!
The School Perceptions Blog and Resource Center features the voices of our team members. This post was written by Bill Foster, President, Founder, & Owner of School Perceptions.