Deeply Embed Values & Workplace Culture
When it comes to instilling company values and fostering a positive culture, solely relying on communication during recruitment and onboarding is not enough. It is essential for these values to be deeply embedded across staff teams. Inductions provide an opportunity for further exploration and understanding of the company values ensuring all staff are aligned from the start of their journey.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Sustaining the message requires ongoing efforts such as regular events, meetings, and communication platforms that consistently reinforce the importance and relevance of these values to the company’s vision.
Lead By Example
Those in leadership roles at any level play a crucial part in this process by leading by example and embodying the values in their actions and decision-making. Leadership training programs should equip leaders with the necessary skills to foster an open and collaborative work environment, ensuring that the values are deeply ingrained throughout the teams.
There is also a benefit in ongoing training programs for staff at all levels explicitly emphasising values and providing practical guidance on applying them in daily work and interactions.
Recognising & Rewarding
Of course, recognising and rewarding those who consistently align with these values reinforces their message and encourages others to follow suit.
Establish our Own Culture of Appreciation
The Early Years sector and the work we do, still struggles to gain recognition from the wider world, so it is crucial for us to establish our own culture of appreciation and sense of worth. We must ensure that each employee feels acknowledged and valued for the impact they have on children’s lives.
By fostering an environment that cares about the staff experience, we can inspire them to stay committed to and find fulfilment in their jobs, ultimately resulting in staff wanting to pursue long-term careers in Early Years.
Together, by implementing these strategies (and more), we can secure the future of the sector by retaining our staff and ensuring the continuous education and well-being of children.