You better recognize

How employee recognition can help solve teacher-retention challenges
Benjamin Disraeli said it best: “Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of the country depends.” In a recent meeting with ACTE members from around the state, we all got on the subject of employee appreciation. It is becoming a lost art. In our discussions, many stated that their respective schools/colleges were losing quality educators, which is resulting in a brain drain and low morale. I thought I would look into this anomaly a little more and here is what I found.
In a study of Employee Engagement in the workplace, when employees were asked what educational leaders could do to improve employee engagement, 58% responded, “Give Recognition.” Employees who are not adequately recognized at work are three times more likely to leave the following year. A recent Gallup poll stated, “The number one reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated.” I have always been one to say, “If you take care of your employees, your employees will walk through walls for you.” All you have to do is look at statistics to see that disengaged workers cost the economy over $300 billion every year (Gallup, 2010).
Too many times in education, it comes down to an “us vs. them” mentality between administration and faculty and staff, with only the student losing. Education, when you think about it, is a lesson in mediocrity. …